California doctor, 65, dies after a shark ‘ripped off his left leg below the knee’ while he was swimming 60 yards from the shore near a resort in Maui

  • Thomas Smiley, of Granite Bay, was swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort
  • A witness saw him in distress in the water and called 911  – he was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR
  • Witness said his entire left leg from the knee down was missing, and the skin on one of his wrists had been torn off 
  • The man, who had been on vacation with his wife, could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene  

A 65-year-old California man has died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday. 

Dr. Thomas Smiley, of Granite Bay, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort. 

A witness saw him in distress in the water. 

Thomas Smiley, of Granite Bay, (pictured) has died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday

Thomas Smiley, of Granite Bay, (pictured) has died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday

Thomas Smiley, of Granite Bay, (pictured) has died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday

Smiley, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort when a witness saw him in distress in the water

Smiley, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort when a witness saw him in distress in the water

Smiley, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort when a witness saw him in distress in the water

Smiley, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort when a witness saw him in distress in the water

Smiley, who was in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort when a witness saw him in distress in the water

The 65-year-old California man  died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday

The 65-year-old California man  died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday

The 65-year-old California man  died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui on Saturday

A witness saw the man in distress and called 911. He was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR

A witness saw the man in distress and called 911. He was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR

A witness saw the man in distress and called 911. He was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR 

They called 911 and the man was found unresponsive in the water. He was brought to shore on a jet ski and given CPR. 

‘They pulled the man up. He looked unconscious when they transferred him to the other gurney,’ witness Allison Keller told Hawaii News Now

‘And we could see that they were trying to do CPR on him.’ 

Keller said Smiley suffered horrific injuries from the attack. 

Smiley had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort (pictured)

Smiley had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort (pictured)

Smiley had been swimming about 60 yards from shore near the Kaanapali Shores resort (pictured) 

Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources put up shark warning signs for half a mile on either side of the area where the man was attacked, which is protocol

Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources put up shark warning signs for half a mile on either side of the area where the man was attacked, which is protocol

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources put up shark warning signs for half a mile on either side of the area where the man was attacked, which is protocol

‘As we got closer, I saw some blood on his stomach and then I got looking a little bit more and his wrist, it looked like the skin on his wrist was just torn off,’ she said. 

‘And then I got looking closer and his entire left leg from his knee down was just missing. There was no blood or anything.’ 

Smiley could not be revived and succumbed to his injuries.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Smiley was a long-time local optometrist, and a big family man, according to friends.

He had just retired this year.

It is the first fatal shark attack in Hawaii since 2015, when a snorkeler was killed in Maui. 

Shark bite victim Dr. Thomas Smiley (second from right) is seen in a 2016 group shot with his colleagues at Sacramento Contact Lenses & Optometry  in Sacramento, California

Shark bite victim Dr. Thomas Smiley (second from right) is seen in a 2016 group shot with his colleagues at Sacramento Contact Lenses & Optometry  in Sacramento, California

Shark bite victim Dr. Thomas Smiley (second from right) is seen in a 2016 group shot with his colleagues at Sacramento Contact Lenses & Optometry  in Sacramento, California 

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources put up shark warning signs for half a mile on either side of the area where the man was attacked, which is protocol. They remained in place until Sunday.    

This is the sixth shark attack in Hawaii this year, according to the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources. There were only three total all of last year. 

A woman was bit while swimming off the coast of Oahu earlier this month. She suffered injuries to her arm and hand.  

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