Family remembers WA man killed by shark

Family remembers WA man killed by shark

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by KGW Staff, Associated Press

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Posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:19 AM

HONOLULU — The family of a Stevenson, Wash. man killed during a shark attack said he was doing what he loved.

Police say 57-year-old Patrick Briney of Stevenson, died Monday while fishing from a kayak off Maui's southwest coast. State Department of Land and Natural Resources says the shark bit his dangling foot.

His fishing partner in another kayak tied a tourniquet on the man and asked for help from a nearby tour boat, which took the man to shore. He was then taken to a hospital but died before he reached medical help. The type of shark is unknown.

His wife said Tuesday that her husband died doing what he loved. She said Briney was an active fisherman, windsurfer and snowboarder.

The couple had recently moved to Stevenson after Briney's retirement from Boeing, partly for the access to recreation on the Columbia River Gorge.

His cousin, Paul Freeman, said he was still in shock from Briney's sudden death.

"57 years old is still young," Freeman said. "He was fun-loving, a joy to be around and and his life was a reflection of that."

This was Maui's eighth shark attack this year and the 13th for the state. A German tourist who lost her arm to a shark died in August, a week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui.

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