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Kayaker Patrick Briney from Stevenson Wa. died after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Maui.
The 57-year-old was dangling his foot in the water while fishing for baitfish when a shark took a bite of his foot, CNN reports. Briney and his friend were fishing near Little Beach in Makena State Recreation Area. They were also said to be using artificial lures.
Briney's friend saw he needed help and quickly tied a tourniquet above the wound and flagged down a nearby tour boat for help. Rod Antone, of Mayor's Office of the County of Maui, said that it is believed that Briney died during the boat journey back.
William J. Aila, Jr., the DLNR chairmain, said, "We offer our condolences to the family of the victim. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."
He spoke of the rise in shark attacks around Hawaii noting, "We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui. That's why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights."
According to BBC News, the Department of Land and Natural Resources officials have closed several beaches after the attack, but are likely to reopen them on Tuesday.
This was the eighth reported attack by a shark around the island of Maui in 2013. No one had died from a reported shark attack in Hawaii since 2004 until August when a German tourist was killed.
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