Shark kills retired doctor, Thomas Smiley, on Hawaii family holiday

Courtesy Smiley Family Shark attack victim Thomas Smiley

Courtesy Smiley Family Shark attack victim Thomas Smiley

The 65-year-old male victim was spotted in distress early Saturday while swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort in Maui, officials said.

Dennison told CNN it was the first shark attack off of Maui this year.

Rescuers raced him to shore on a jet ski and performed CPR, but the unidentified tourist - who witnesses say lost his left leg in the attack - could not be saved.

Witnesses to the attack found Smiley unconscious, floating in the water.

It is uncertain what kind of shark was involved with the attack, but many speculate it was a tiger shark. "It looked like the skin on his wrist was just torn off and his leg was missing". He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shark warnings are up in Hawaii after a deadly attack over the weekend. The last death was in 2015, when a snorkeler was killed by a shark just off Maui. In response to the recent incident, signs have been posted along the beach to warn other beachgoers.

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