Angler killed by swordfish

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  • Swordfish are aptly named for the sword-like bill affixed to their head. And we all know swords are dangerous right? But being stabbed by a swordfish isn’t something you’re typically worried about while fishing.

    A 47 year old fisherman on in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s “Big Island” died of injuries sustained when a swordfish speared him in the chest on Friday, May 29th.

    In a bizarre account of events, Randy Llanes spotted a swordfish that morning swimming in the harbor. Llanes, trying to capitalize on the situation got into the water with a speargun to take the fish.

    Apparently he successfully shot the fish, but during the commotion of being speared, the fish became entangled in a mooring line and changed course, coming right at Llanes who was still in the water and spearing him in the upper chest.

    Medical personnel performed CPR and took the angler to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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  • According to KHON2, a Honolulu based news outlet, the swordfish was approximately 3 feet in length and weighed about 40 pounds.

    Llanes was a professional charter captain based in Kona who operated a service called Sundowner Kona Sportfishing Charters. According to his website, he was born and raised in Hawaii with over 25 years of fishing experience in Hawaii. “Hawaii is one of those rare places where sea monsters still exist and world records can still be broken,” he says on his website.

    While swordfish are inherently aggressive (see this story of a swordfish attacking a submarine), this fish was likely not acting aggressively, and was probably disoriented even before Llanes shot it with the spear, as evidenced by it being in a harbor to start with.

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    Christopher Koepke
    Christopher Koepke

    Play with fire you may get burned.

    Jimmy Zee
    Jimmy Zee

    As sad as this is, and my prayers go out to the family, it’s kind of interesting that the Captain got into the water, first mistake in my book, and then speared a Swordfish that wasn’t where it should be, and then got speared himself. I can’t stop my head… Read more »

    Aaron Buckel
    Aaron Buckel

    ban swordfishing…isnt that the answer to everything

    Harry Maker
    Harry Maker

    What was that line from the movie ‘Jaws’? …”You go inside the cage? Cage goes in the water? You go in the water? Shark’s in the water?…Seems like people should stay away from big fish in the water.

    Ricky Martinez
    Ricky Martinez

    My prayers go out to all affected, r.ip. bro.