Man impaled, killed by swordfish after jumping in to catch it

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials say a man is dead after he was apparently impaled by the bill of a fish.

West Hawaii Acting Battalion Chief John Whitman says witnesses reported that a man in his 40s jumped from a Kailua-Kona pier Friday in an attempt to catch a billfish.

Whitman says the man was later seen floating and firefighters responded to the scene. Whitman says the man had a puncture wound to his right, upper torso. The man was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the fish was a swordfish about 3 feet long with a bill about 3 feet. It weighed about 40 pounds.

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


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