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65-year-old California man killed in shark attack while swimming in Maui

California man, 65, dies after a shark ‘ripped off his left leg below the knee’ while he was swimming 60 yards from the shore near a resort in Maui

  • The man, whose name hasn’t been released, was swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort
  • A witness saw the man in distress in the water and called 911  – he was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR
  • Witness said his entire left leg from the knee down was missing, and the skin on one of his wrists had been torn off 
  • The man, who had been on vacation with his wife, could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene  

A 65-year-old California man has died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday. 

The man, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort. 

A witness saw the man, whose name has not been released, in distress in the water. 

A 65-year-old California man has died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday

A witness saw the man in distress and called 911. He was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR

A witness saw the man in distress and called 911. He was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR 

They called 911 and the man was found unresponsive in the water. He was brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR. 

‘They pulled the man up. He looked unconscious when they transferred him to the other gurney,’ witness Allison Keller told Hawaii News Now. 

‘And we could see that they were trying to do CPR on him.’ 

Keller said the man suffered horrific injuries from the attack. 

The man, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort (pictured)

The man, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort (pictured) 

‘As we got closer, I saw some blood on his stomach and then I got looking a little bit more and his wrist, it looked like the skin on his wrist was just torn off,’ she said. 

‘And then I got looking closer and his entire left leg from his knee down was just missing. There was no blood or anything.’ 

The man could not be revived and succumbed to his injuries.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources put up shark warning signs for half a mile on either side of the area where the man was attacked, which is protocol

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources put up shark warning signs for half a mile on either side of the area where the man was attacked, which is protocol

It is the first fatal shark attack in Hawaii since 2015, when a snorkeler was killed in Maui. 

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources put up shark warning signs for half a mile on either side of the area where the man was attacked, which is protocol. They remained in place until Sunday.    

This is the sixth shark attack in Hawaii this year, according to the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources. There were only three total all of last year. 

A woman was bit while swimming off the coast of Oahu earlier this month. She suffered injuries to her arm and hand.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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