Fisherman impaled by swordfish in Hawaii

Fisherman impaled by swordfish in Hawaii
A boat captain Randy Llanes is dead after being speared by a swordfish in Hawaii.

A fishing boat captain has died after he was impaled by a 1.8m-long swordfish in Hawaii.

Mr Randy Llanes, 47, had jumped off the pier in Honokohau Harbor in an attempt to catch the fish, reported The Daily Mail.

But the wounded fish punctured his upper right torso and left him floating in the water.

The fish had a sharp 90cm-long bill.

Mr Llanes, who runs a deep sea fishing charter, had earlier shot the fish with a spear gun, witnesses told CNN.

Lieutenant William Souther said: "After being hit with the spear that Llanes fired off, the fish thrashed about, leaving a puncture wound to his upper chest."

Another official, acting sergeant David Matsushima of the Kona Patrol, told TV station KHON that "the fish got wrapped around a mooring anchor, came back and swam at him".

PUNCTURE WOUND

Emergency crews attempted to revive Mr Llanes, but he died at a hospital from trauma caused by the puncture wound.

A spokesman for the Hawaii County Fire Department said: "(The fish) are very aggressive... If you mess with them they defend themselves pretty good."

According his social media profile, Mr Llanes was an avid fisherman, often posing with his enormous catches.


This article was first published on June 02, 2015.
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