“I love you brah,” says one Hawaiian spearfisherman to another Hawaiian spearfisherman.
“I love you too brah,” comes the heartfelt reply.
The second Hawaiian spearfisherman is 27-year old John Braxton, whose leg has just been tucked into by a tiger shark. Hence the outpouring of brotherly love, hence the outpouring of blood. In honour of the occasion, he decided to take a video on his mobile phone in the attack’s immediate aftermath, then post it to Instagram. It’s pretty gruesome. We hope he’s alright.
Here are some details, as reported by the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
“A 27-year-old man was in serious condition Sunday after being bitten on the leg by a tiger shark off the north shore of Hawaii island, the Hawaii Fire Department said.
The Kapaau man was spearfishing about 60 yards off Upolu Point in North Kohala when he reports a 13-foot-long tiger shark bit his left leg, said Dan Dennison of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. He was able to swim to shore and alerted his fishing companion who called 911.
HFD Battalion Chief Joseph Farias said firefighters reached the man near the 21-mile marker on Akoni Pule Highway as the man was in the back of a truck, traveling to meet with arriving firefighters.
Paramedics took the man to Kamehameha Park, where a fire helicopter picked him up and took him to North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition.”
This is the second shark attack in Hawaiian waters so far this year.