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Shark kills fisherman in kayak off coast of Hawaii

A fisherman in a kayak has died after being attacked by a shark off the Hawaiian coast, officials say.

Patrick Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Washington, was paddling between the islands of Maui and Molokini when he was bitten by an unknown type of shark.

Briney was taken by a friend to a nearby tour boat but died before reaching the Maui mainland.

It is the second fatal shark attack in Hawaii this year. A German tourist died following a shark attack in August.

Beaches closed

Briney was using artificial lures to attract fish when his foot was bitten by a shark on Monday morning, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

His friend, kayaking nearby, applied a tourniquet and flagged a nearby charter tour boat for assistance.

Briney was later transported to a local hospital but died from his injuries.

Department of Land and Natural Resources officials closed several nearby beaches following the attack, and are expected to reopen them sometime on Tuesday.

It is the eighth reported shark attack near Maui this year.

But, until an attack that claimed the life of a 20-year-old German tourist in August, no-one had been reported killed by a shark in Hawaii since 2004.

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