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Man missing in Maui may not have died in shark attack



Missing Swimmer Possible Victim Of Shark Attack

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 February, 2006 : - - HONOLULU -- Maui fire teams found the remains of a man in waters off Makena Landing on Friday morning. Officials said it appears to be a missing swimmer who may have been attacked by a shark. A woman visiting from San Jose, Calif., reported that her husband did not return Thursday night from an afternoon snorkeling outing. Coast Guard and fire rescue teams searched until about 11:30 p.m. for the 45-year-old man. They found the man's rental car at Makena Landing.

Teams resumed the search at first light. Firefighters found at about 9 a.m. what appeared to be the damaged remains of a man. Officials said injuries showed that a shark may have attacked the man. An examination at Maui Memorial Medical Center revealed injuries consistent with shark bites, according to Maui police. An autopsy of the remains has been ordered to determine if they are of the missing swimmer. Teams conducted an aerial search of the coast. They did not spot a shark in the water. However, officials posted signs on the beaches warning that a shark may be in the area.

The last fatal shark attack in Hawaii happened in 2004 on the west side of Maui. A shark bit a surfer's leg in that incident.


Addendum: 26/2/2006

Autopsy suggests diver was dead before shark attack

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 February, 2006 : - - WAILUKU, Hawaii - A snorkeler whose shark-bitten body was recovered off the coast of Maui was likely dead before he was attacked by a shark, according to preliminary autopsy results Saturday. A forensic pathologist did not conclude that the shark bites were the cause of death, the Maui News reported. "There was no clear indication that he was alive .

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