65-year-old California man dies after shark 'ripped off his left leg' while swimming off the coast of Maui

The authorities had posted signs in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui that warns beachgoers of a shark. The man was swimming about 60 yards from shore when the attack happened, according to authorities.


                            65-year-old California man dies after shark 'ripped off his left leg' while swimming off the coast of Maui

A shark attack that was responsible for the death of a 65-year-old man as he went swimming off the coast of Maui took place on Saturday, May 25, morning. According to the authorities, the man, who is from California, came across the shark about 60 yards off Kaanapali Beach at around 8:30 a.m. local time.

Dan Dennison, a spokesman for Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources, said that the authorities had posted signs in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui that warns beachgoers of a shark. CNN reported that 65-year-old Thomas Smiley from Granite Bay, California was identified as the victim.

Witness Allison Keller told Hawaii News Now that the man appeared unconscious as rescuers pulled him from the water and performed CPR Saturday morning. "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," Keller said. "And then I got looking closer and his entire left leg from his knee down was just missing."

The last fatal shark attack in Hawaii was in 2015, when a snorkeler off Maui was killed.

With AP inputs.

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