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Victim of Maui shark attack is identified as Washington man

This is the 8th shark attack off the Valley Isle this year

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:52 a.m. HST, Dec 03, 2013

Maui County police identified a kayak fisherman killed in a shark attack Monday morning as Patrick A. Briney, 57, from Stevenson, Wash.

Police said Briney was fishing with a friend from Makena Landing towards Big Beach at about 9 a.m., when Briney began to scream.

Briney was fishing with artificial lures to attract baitfish when his dangling right foot was bitten by a shark, according to a Department of Land and Natural Resources news release.

Briney's friend, who was about 500 yards away, paddled over, tied a tourniquet and asked a nearby charter tour boat for help.  The boat brought the injured man to Kihei boat ramp, but he died upon reaching shore, officials said.

Following the shark attack, Maui County lifeguards and officials from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources closed beaches from Makena Landing to the surf area known as "Dumps" until noon Tuesday.

Warning signs were posted to advise the public to remain out of the water from Ahihi Bay to Makena Landing.  

This is the eighth shark attack off Maui this year. On Friday, a Paia woman was bitten while snorkeling in South Maui.

The woman was snorkeling about 30 yards offshore when she was bitten by the shark, leaving her with a cut on her shin and a 6-inch-long wound on her calf.

The attack at Keawakapu Beach was about three miles north of White Rock, where 20-year-old visitor Jana Lutterrop was bitten by a shark Aug. 14. She lost her right arm in the attack and died a week later of her injuries.

The other two shark incidents at Keawakapu included an attack on a swimmer who was bitten on the calf about 30 yards from shore in about 25 feet of water on Oct. 29, 2007, and a swimmer who lost the top part of a ring finger and all of the small finger on the left hand while about 200 to 400 yards from shore in 30 feet of water on Dec. 21, 2005.

According to the Division of Aquatic Resources, this is the 13th reported shark incident statewide this year, and the 8th on Maui. Over the last 20 years, Hawaii has averaged about four unprovoked shark incidents per year, but numbers per individual year are highly variable. There were no reported incidents in1998, and just one in 2008. In 2012, the 10 incidents reported were at the time unprecedented.

"We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui. That's why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights," said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairman in a news release. "It is our hope and expectation that numbers of incidents will return to a more normal range in the near future."

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DiverDave wrote:
There are less fish to eat. Sharks are becoming more aggressive.
on December 2,2013 | 10:49AM
kukunaokala wrote:
Other way around, more fish, more predators!
on December 2,2013 | 03:18PM
islandsun wrote:
Way more human predators, way less fish.
on December 2,2013 | 03:29PM
Grimbold wrote:
more fishermen than bait fish left, so Sharks are desperate, this is their last hurrah before they disappear because of starvation.
on December 2,2013 | 07:38PM
jomama wrote:
anyone who thinks there are more fish is completely out of touch
on December 2,2013 | 06:55PM
Ronin006 wrote:
There also are more sharks since the state imposed a ban on shark fin soup.
on December 2,2013 | 06:34PM
808comp wrote:
Whats with all these attacks on Maui. Be careful folks, when you enter the ocean.
on December 2,2013 | 11:07AM
allie wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on December 2,2013 | 02:12PM
myviewofthings wrote:
or an Allie thinning program
on December 2,2013 | 02:32PM
1R1E wrote:
on December 2,2013 | 02:45PM
honopic wrote:
Absolutely! Where do we volunteer? I'd settle for relocation, or at least a muzzle.
on December 2,2013 | 03:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
One day, one of the posters here will realize all lie's identity and share it with us. Then the fun begins!!!
on December 2,2013 | 04:24PM
sak wrote:
I think what you mentioned in your post is called, "Cyber Bullying", not a good idea!
on December 2,2013 | 04:43PM
1R1E wrote:
on December 2,2013 | 02:40PM
honopic wrote:
No - typical allie brainless post.
on December 2,2013 | 03:32PM
Grimbold wrote:
offensive comment!
on December 2,2013 | 07:46PM
Mypualani wrote:
on December 2,2013 | 10:49PM
ka_iwa wrote:
Maui No Ka Oi if you is a shark! Mano No Ka Oi ! No more fish for them to eat maybe?
on December 2,2013 | 11:13AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
on December 2,2013 | 11:29AM
50skane wrote:
Did it bite through the kayak or did he have his legs hanging in the water? I kayak sometimes and have seen a couple of big sharks go under my kayak to check it out, but never had one stop to take a bite out of it...
on December 2,2013 | 11:33AM
juscasting wrote:
Real Sad, God bless..........Sometimes when I have to go real bad, I jump overboard to go number 2 cause you're to far out to wait!
on December 2,2013 | 11:57AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Did the kayak tip over? ... In Hawai`i, the outrigger canoe is the standard.
on December 2,2013 | 12:11PM
Fred01 wrote:
Oh you know everything, don't you dingbat? Not!
on December 2,2013 | 12:41PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I just tipped over my stalker, tipsy Fred.
on December 2,2013 | 12:53PM
NotNasti wrote:
Pretty harsh. Are you like this all day?
on December 2,2013 | 12:56PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Early happy hour for tipsy Fred.
on December 2,2013 | 02:08PM
NotNasti wrote:
When I paddle my 1-man, I always sit with my legs hanging over the side when resting/cruising in the water. Maybe not a good idea to continue doing it.
on December 2,2013 | 12:15PM
cojef wrote:
Remember whose domain you are in. Respect is a two way street, and while in his turf, you had better pay heed or you lose.
on December 2,2013 | 02:19PM
Solara wrote:
The article states that his foot was dangling outside the kayak.
on December 2,2013 | 02:45PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Article says his leg was dangling overboard.
on December 2,2013 | 05:52PM
hon2255 wrote:
Open season for tiger sharks.
on December 2,2013 | 12:29PM
jojomagee wrote:
It will be interesting to see if any of the tagged sharks being tracked were involved in the attacks. http://oos.soest.hawaii.edu/pacioos/projects/sharks/
on December 2,2013 | 01:12PM
islandsun wrote:
Man vs fish. Fish won this time. Stop the overfishing.
on December 2,2013 | 01:40PM
1R1E wrote:
on December 2,2013 | 02:52PM
bsbsbs wrote:
Too many turtles and too many seals luring in hungry sharks. They should only be protected in the North Western islands.
on December 2,2013 | 02:19PM
Solara wrote:
Turtle should be removed from the Endangered Species list. Their numbers are way back up and they really are in abundance. Oftentimes, people spot their poop floating in the water. The main organizations that still want them on the list are the "non-profit" orgs that collect money on their behalf.
on December 2,2013 | 02:48PM
mynah wrote:
You gotta start harvesting shark fins again.
on December 2,2013 | 03:33PM
niimi wrote:
What an insane revenge of Jaws rate the past couple of years. This is really stunning.
on December 2,2013 | 03:38PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Do sharks have a race memory.

From Wikipedia: "In 1789, Captain Simon Metcalfe set out on a maritime fur trading mission with two ships: the large Eleanora, and the tender Fair American, a schooner under command of his son Thomas Humphrey Metcalfe. The Metcalfes had earlier agreed to rendezvous in the Hawaiian Islands at Kealakekua Bay. The Eleanora had arrived by January 1790 ... [and] sailed north to the island of Maui to trade and resupply. One night a small boat was stolen and the night watchman was killed. Captain Metcalfe fired his cannons into the village, and captured a few Hawaiians who told him the boat was taken by people from the village of Olowalu.

{Metcalfe] sailed to Olowalu but found that boat had been broken up for its nails. ... Metcalfe invited the villagers to meet the ship, indicating he wanted to trade with them. However, he had all the cannons loaded and ready on the side where he directed the canoes to approach. They opened fire, killing about one hundred Hawaiians, and wounded many others.

So, with such a memorable feast, could sharks in Hawaii have a race memory of that feast.

Lucky you live Maui.

on December 2,2013 | 04:06PM
usahwn wrote:
This area is called turtletown tours for snorkelers. Well known for hundreds of turtles, shark food' Imagine the yellow underside of a kayak with feet dangling like a turtle fin......... These tour boats should not encourage these tours and feeding the turtles.
on December 2,2013 | 04:27PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
With Wildlife acting strangely or dying in statistical significant numbers we cannot rule out the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
on December 2,2013 | 05:33PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
This is not an isolated incident on Maui so let's look at some options. 1. Put a fishing moratorium for Maui until the numbers increase. 2. Put out public broadcast to remind people that there's been a number of attacks on Maui and how to avoid them (don't go into murky water, don't dangle you leg over your kayak, always carry a bang stick, etc. 3. Culling sharks. Not going to go over well with Hawaiians but if there is a proven killer lurking, best to cull that one.
on December 2,2013 | 05:58PM
hon2255 wrote:
Open season on tiger sharks. Next couple weeks shark fishing. Off south Maui. Go for it Maui boys
on December 2,2013 | 06:12PM
Commercial fishermen are catching fish by the tons, now there aren't enough fish, so the sharks come closer to shore. As seen on Discovery channels and other stations. DiverDave is correct.
on December 2,2013 | 07:56PM
Fishermen wrote:
Condolences to the family and may they be comforted in their loss today and the days ahead. Increase in the human population of the islands, increase in ocean recreation activities brings people more often into contact with sealife that are prey for sharks. Couple that with the increase of large marine mammals and others like turtles because they have been protected for the last few decades and it's a buffet. Less fish so sharks look elsewhere nearshore? More like an increase of marine mammals and turtles nearshore that are worthwhile prey for large sharks. Go for the pupus or the laulau? If I were a shark, I wouldn't expend energy chasing down fish when I can chow down on something worthwhile with a good return like a fatty seal or baby whale with an M&M-like turtle for dessert. Unfortunate that humans get in the way of the circle of life. Keep your eye out when swimming with the dolphins. When they bug out, you better too!
on December 2,2013 | 09:28PM
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