A shark attack killed a 65-year-old man as he was swimming off the coast of Maui Saturday morning, according to authorities.
The man, who was from California, encountered the shark about 60 yards off of Kaanapali Beach at around 8:30 a.m. local time, said Dan Dennison, a spokesman for Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. A close friend identified the victim as optometrist Dr. Thomas Smiley.
As a matter of protocol, authorities posted signs along a half-mile stretch beach warning people of a shark, Dennison said.
“This was just a case of bad timing. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Taxera said. “His wife told me that Tom told her he was going to go on one last swim before they left (Maui).”