As a result of a shark attack, a 39-year-old surfer died who, unaware of the danger, was practicing sports right next to one of the popular beaches in Hawaii. Witnesses to the event describe the traumatic sight they experienced.
On Saturday, December 30, there was a fatal accident involving a shark. However, foreign media are only now reporting details of the incident. A predator attacked a 39-year-old surfer just off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Maui. Despite quick help, he could not be saved.
Shark attack. A 39-year-old man has died
Authorities said 39-year-old Jason Carter died after a shark attack in Hawaii. The accident occurred on Saturday, December 30. The predator attacked the prey. Witnesses of the incident came to the aid of the injured person and called the police to the beach.
Police responded to the scene near Paia Bay, Maui, around 11:20 a.m. Ocean safety officers transported Carter to shore after he was injured during a “shark encounter.” He was then taken to hospital. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the facility.
Shocking account of witnesses of the event
In an interview for NBC, a witness to the tragedy talked about the attack and compared the size of the shark to an off-road vehicle.
“The shark started biting him and pulling him down,” one man said. “The dorsal fin was almost as large as the injured person’s body. It was difficult to hear him scream,” he added.
Following the incident, Baldwin Beach Park and Lower Pā’ia Park were closed and warning signs were posted. Rescuers patrolled the area on land, but also from above, from a helicopter.
According to NBC estimates, eight shark encounters have been reported in Hawaii in 2023, and Saturday’s attack was the first to end tragically. And in 2022, the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Shark Attack Report recorded 108 shark-human interactions around the world. Of these, 57 involved unprovoked shark attacks and nine resulted in the death of the victims.