MAUI, Hawaii (NBC) — A California man vacationing in Maui has died after he was attacked by a shark.
A bouquet of flowers sits next to a ‘shark sighted sign’ placed on Kaanapali Beach, where the man was attacked about 60 yards off shore on Saturday.
Warning signs were placed along the beach and officers were out on jet skis scanning the area to make sure no one got in the water.
Bystanders watched in horror when first responders brought the man to shore on a jet ski.
“They pulled the man up. He looked unconscious when they transferred him to the other gurney. And we could see they were trying to do CPR on him,” beach-goer Allison Keller said. “But, as we got closer I saw some blood on his stomach, and I looked a little bit more and the skin on his wrist was torn off and got looking closer and his entire left leg from his knee down was just missing.”
Experts say Maui is a hotspot in the state for tiger shark bites, but without more information it’s difficult to know what kind of shark was involved in the attack.