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.
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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.