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57 yr old surfer Willis McInnis dies in Maui shark attack

Surfing vet dies in Hawaiian shark attack

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 April 2004: - -
A surfer has been killed while riding the waves off the coast of Hawaii in the first confirmed fatal shark attack in the island paradise in 12 years.

Shark control officials in the offshore American state said 57-year-old Willis McInnis died after being bitten on the leg while paddling for waves off Kahana Beach on the island of Maui, a key tourist destination.

"I understand he received some assistance, got to the shore and then passed away at the scene," Randy Honebrink, a spokesperson for the state´s Shark Task Force said.

"Most likely the species would have been a Tiger shark. A lot of them are there. It was a fairly large shark, they are responsible for these types of attacks," he said.

While there are three or four shark attacks off Hawaii each year, this week´s attack was the first confirmed shark fatality here since 1992, Honebrink said.

Hawaii resident McInnis was paddling his surfboard in the water about 150m off the beach when the predator struck at about 7am, local news reports said. Fellow surfers rallied to save the bleeding victim.

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