First fatal shark attack in Hawaii in four years kills swimmer off the west coast of Maui

A swimmer who was swimming off the coast of Maui has died after being attacked by a shark.

Local officials said it’s the first fatality in four years in the state of Hawaii.

The last time, a shark attack led to a fatality was in 2015.

The victim of the weekend attack is a 65-year-old man from California.

He was swimming on Saturday morning on the west coast of Maui when the attack occurred.

The County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety sent a helicopter and jetski to locate the man and bring him to shore, where officials performed CPR.

The man, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.

Shark warning signs have been placed in the Ka’anapali beach park area where the attack happened and remained close in place until Sunday.

Snorkeler Margaret Cruse died in 2015 after becoming separated from friends while in the water. Since 2013, there have been four fatal attack in Maui waters.

 

 

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