Fisherman dies after Maui shark attack; officials say shark bit off man's dangling foot

Incident is Maui's 8th shark attack this year

HONOLULU - The Maui County Police Department has identified the kayak fisherman killed in shark attack.

Police say 57-year-old Patrick Briney of Stevenson, Wash., died Monday while fishing from a kayak off Maui's southwest coast.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources says the shark bit his dangling foot.

Maui County Ocean Safety officials said the attack occurred between Maui and Molokini, a small island less than 3 miles off the southwest coast of Maui that's popular for diving and snorkeling.

His fishing partner in another kayak tied a tourniquet on the man and asked for help from a nearby tour boat, which took the man to shore. He was then taken to a hospital.

The type of shark is unknown.

This is Maui's eighth shark attack this year and the 13th for the state. In August, a German tourist died a week after losing her arm in a shark attack. Jana Lutteropp, 20, was snorkeling up to 100 yards off a beach in southwest Maui when the shark bit off her right arm.

Over the last 20 years, Hawaii has averaged about four unprovoked shark incidents per year, the state said.

"We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui," said department Chairman William Aila Jr. "That's why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights."

 Before Lutteropp's death, the last shark attack fatality in Hawaii was in 2004, when a tiger shark bit Willis McInnis' leg while he was surfing in Maui.

Isaac Brumaghim knows firsthand the dangers of kayak fishing, which he said is growing in popularity. He was fishing off Oahu's west coast in April when a camera mounted on his kayak captured footage of a 9-foot shark jumping up and chomping on the tuna he was reeling in.

Sharks are "an absolute danger, every single day," he said. "You have to respect the fact they can bite you at any time."

He said bait in the water can easily attract the animal.

"Just a little bit of blood, a little meat in the water, that's all you need," he said. "It's like dogs out there."

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