Beaches reopened after attack
Beaches from Makena Landing to the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve were reopened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources following a fatal shark attack off a beach in Makena on Monday.
County spokesman Rod Antone said the Maui Fire Department’s Air One helicopter joined county ocean safety officers and state officials in monitoring the area. The aerial and ocean search did not turn up any shark activity Tuesday, said Antone and the state DLNR.
Patrick A. Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Wash., was bitten around 9 a.m. while fishing in a kayak about a half-mile off “Little Beach” in Makena, state and county officials said.
Briney began to scream and that caught the attention of his fishing partner, who paddled over, found Briney bleeding profusely and tied a tourniquet around his right leg. Part of his right leg was bitten off.
The friend then paddled and waved to a nearby charter tour boat, from Ed Robinson’s Diving Adventures, for assistance.
This was the second shark attack in the area off South Maui in several days. A woman was bitten by a shark while snorkeling off Keawakapu Beach on Friday afternoon. She suffered leg injuries but survived the attack.
It also was the second fatal attack in three months; the other occurred off Palauea Beach in Makena in August. Jana Lutteropp, a 20-year-old German visitor, died in the hospital days after her right arm was bitten off by a shark.