Man dies after shark attack near Kaanapali on Maui

Man dies after shark attack near Kaanapali on Maui

August 18, 2019 10 By Bertrand Dibbert


TODAY. JENN BONEZA HAS MORE ON THAT .. JENN? JENN: THE VICTIM IS A 65-YEAR-OLD CALIFORNIA MAN. THE NEWS OF HIS PASSING IS TRAGIC. BUT I SPOKE TO A SHARK EXPERT WHO TELLS ME FATAL SHARK ATTACKS ARE EXTREMELY RARE. FAMILY OF THE VICTIM SAY HE WENT OUT FOR A SWIM AT HONOKOWAI POINT NEAR KAANAPALI BEACH PARK MAUI FIRE OFFICIALS TELL ME A WITNESS IN A NEIGHBORING HOTEL CALLED 911 JUST BEFORE 9AM. THE 65-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS PULLED ASHORE WITH TRAUMATIC, LIFE THREATENING INJURIES CONSISTENT WITH A SHARK ATTACK. I REACHED OUT TO SHARK EXPERT, DR. MICHAEL DOMIER DR. MICHAEL DOMIER, SHARK EXPERT: ” ITS A GUT WRENCHING THING WHEN IT HAPPENS. AND WE ALL THINK ABOUT IT WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT IN ON THE NEWS AND NO ONE WANTS TO BE ON THAT PART OF THE FOOD CHAIN.” DOMIER TELLS ME SHARK ATTACKS ARE RARE, AND FATAL ATTACKS EVEN RARER STILL MICHAEL: “YOUR CHANGES OF GETTING ATTACKED BY A SHARK ARE EVEN SURVIVING ARE LESS THAN 1 IN 12 MILLION.” THIS IS THE 6TH SHARK ATTACK IN HAWAII SO FAR THIS YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE DLNR’S DIVISION OF AQUATIC RESOURCES. THERE WERE 3 IN 2018. OUT OF OVER 120 ATTACK ON RECORD SINCE 1995, THIS IS ONLY THE 5TH FATAL ATTACK IN THE ISLANDS ALL 5 OF THOSE DEADLY ATTACKS OCCURRED ON MAUI. THE LAST FATAL ATTACK HAPPENED MICHAEL DOMIER: “MAUI HAS FOR SOME REASON BEEN A HOT SPOT IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS FOR TIGER SHARK ATTACKS AND I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CAN REALLY SAY WITH ANY CERTAINLY WHY THAT IS. THERE’S CERTAINLY GREAT TIGER SHARK HABITAT ON MAUI, A LOT OF SHALLOW WATER , BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE WATER TOO.” I’M TOLD THE VICTIM WAS PULLED FROM WATER ROUGHLY 20-25 FEET DEEP. THOUGH IT IS LIKELY HE WAS ATTACKED BY A TIGER SHARK, THAT HASN’T BEEN CONFIRMED YET. DOMIER SAYS THERE IS A POSSIBILITY IT WAS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF SHARK MICHAEL DOMIER: “A GALAPAGOS SHARKS, WHICH ACTUALLY SURPRISED ME, HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT AGGRESSIVE ON OAHU.” DLNR ATTRIBUTES THE RECENT ATTACK AT ANAEHOOMALU BAY ON THE BIG ISLAND AND IN HALEIWA ON THE NORTH SHORE TO GALAPAGOS SHARKS. JENN: OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE VICTIM’S FAMILY. MAUI FIRE OFFICIALS TELL ME THEY DID NOT SEE ANY SHARKS IN THERE INITIAL SEARCH OF THE AREA HOWEVER, SHARK SIGHTED SIGNS ARE POSTED ALONG HONOKOWAI POINT. KATHY