Hawaii charter boat captain dies after being speared by swordfish

June 1st, 2015 by Staff

Llanes, 47, was attempting to catch the fish when its bill went into his chest.

(Hawaii News Now) KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – A Kona fishing charter boat captain is dead after he was speared by a swordfish. The freak accident happened just before 11 a.m. at Honokohau harborin Kailua-Kona. 

Hawaii police identified the victim as 47-year-old Randy Llanes of Kailua-Kona.

According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Llanes spotted a broadbill swordfish swimming in the back area of the harbor near the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) harbor office.

DOBOR staff and witnesses say he jumped into the water and speared the fish. The fish then reportedly struck the man in the chest with its sharp bill. He was pulled by onlookers from the harbor and was unresponsive.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation was administered until the Hawaii Fire Department arrived. He was transported by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital. Hawaii Police Department officers responded and took statements from witnesses. DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources officers are also investigating.

The fish measured about 3 feet long, with a bill length of about 3 feet, and weighed about 40 pounds.

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