Northern California man killed by shark on Maui

California

A terrifying shark attack leaving a beloved doctor dead. 

65-year-old Dr. Thomas Smiley had just retired this year. 

Smiley was swimming 60 yards off the coast of Kaaanapli State Park in Maui Saturday when the shark attacked. 

Video taken shows first responders on jet skis bringing home back to shore after the attack. 

Witnesses described the horrific scene. 

“They pulled the man up. He looked unconscious when they transferred him to the other gurney. And we could see that they were trying to do CPR on him,” said Allison Keller. 

Friends say Maui was a regular vacation spot for Smiley.

He and his wife had been in Maui for two weeks prior to the attack. 

Smiley lived in the Granite Bay suburb of Sacramento, where friends described him as an avid waterskier, scuba diver, and race car driver. 

Above all, they say he loved spending time with his family. 

Now as his loved ones mourn his loss, investigators will be working to learn more about the type of shark that attacked him. 

“The bite radius and the tooth pattern and sometimes a tooth fragment is left in the victim, like in the bone or something, and so, a tooth fragment is the surest way, but also the bite radius, if it’s a very big bite radius, then it rules out a lot of other species of sharks, like Galapagos shark. Tiger shark of course, is the number one that comes to my mind for a fatal attack,” said Michael Domeier, director of the Marine Conservation Science Institute. 

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