Man, 65, dies after Kaanapali shark attack

A 65-year-old man died Saturday after going for a swim about 60 yards from shore fronting the Aston Kaanapali Shores when he was attacked by a shark, according to state and county officials.

The California resident, identified by police as Thomas Smiley, was unresponsive when he was brought to shore, a report from the Department of Fire and Public Safety said. CPR was performed and officials declared the incident a fatality.

Fire officials received the alarm at 8:48 a.m. Air, water and land rescue units were deployed.

Two state divisions were assisting the county in putting up shark warning signs at Kaanapali Beach after the attack Saturday, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Following standard protocol, warning signs are up for a half-mile on either side of the incident area and will remain in place until at least noon today, DLNR said. At that time, if an assessment shows no signs of sharks, the signs will come down.

The ocean had clear visibility, with flat to 1-foot-high surf and 5-8 mph winds, at the time of the incident, according to the fire report.

The last fatal shark attack in Maui waters occurred on April 29, 2015, when a 65-year-old Kihei woman snorkeling in Ahihi-Kinau Natural Reserve in South Maui was killed.

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