Fisherman dies after swordfish impales him

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An accomplished fisherman in Hawaii was killed by a swordfish he was trying to catch.

Randy Llanes, 47, was using a spear gun to try to catch a swordfish he found swimming in the shallow waters of Honokohau Harbor, according to KHON.

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Witnesses say they saw the fish thrashing about. Llanes suffered a puncture wound to the chest and later died at a local hospital.

The swordfish weighed about 40 pounds and measured approximately 3 feet long, with its bill about the same length, according to KHON.

Police believe that after the fish was hit with the spear gun, it got wrapped around a mooring anchor and then attacked Llanes.

Friends say Llanes was a lifelong fisherman who had a wife and 5-year-old son.

Wildlife experts say swordfish generally don’t swim in shallow waters and incidents involving swordfish attacking humans are very rare.

Swordfish are usually found in deeper water. Sometimes during the daytime they swim near the surface. Brent Remadna...

Posted by KHON2 News on Saturday, May 30, 2015

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