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.
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.