Tourist killed in apparent shark attack in Hawaii

A man from California died after an apparent shark attack in Hawaii on Saturday, officials said.

The Maui Fire Department said the incident happened around 9 a.m. at Honokowai Point near Ka’anapali Beach Park area on Maui as the man was swimming about 60 yards from shore.

The 65-year-old man was pulled ashore with injuries that were “traumatic, life-threatening” and consistent with a shark attack, fire officials told KHON2.

“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,” witness Allison Keller said, Hawaii News Now reported. “And then I got looking closer and his entire left leg from his knee down was just missing. There was no blood or anything.”

Maui officials said the man was swimming in water roughly 20 to 25 feet deep. Winds at the time were light, with 1-foot surf and clear waters at the time.

Saturday’s attack was the sixth shark attack in Hawaii so far this year, according to Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources.

More than 100 shark attacks have occurred in Hawaii since 1995, the DLNR’s website said. Five, including Saturday’s incident, were fatal and all occurred on Maui.

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