A man killed by a shark while kayak fishing in Maui on Monday was a Boeing aviation mechanic who grew up in Longview.
Patrick Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Wash., had been fishing off a kayak with artificial lures to attract baitfish when the shark bit his dangling foot, according to a news release from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. His fishing partner in another kayak about 500 yards away paddled over and tied a tourniquet on him. A nearby charter boat took them to shore, and Briney was then taken to the hospital, but it was already too late.
“He died by the time they got him to shore,” said his mother, Longview resident Joretta Briney, 82, who’d spoken with her son’s fishing partner about the attack. “It ripped a big hole all the way down the inseam of his leg and then took his foot off.”
Patrick Briney, the youngest of her three children, vacationed in Maui every year to windsurf, Joretta Briney said.
Monday, the men had been fishing between Maui and the small island of Molokini, about half a mile offshore from Little Beach in the Makena State Recreation Area. The kind of shark involved was not immediately available. It was the second fatal shark attack off South Maui in less than four months.
Patrick Briney, who leaves behind a wife, Katherine Briney, graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1974 and attended Clover Park Technical College in Tacoma. A Boeing aviation mechanic who worked in experimental preflight, Briney lived in Gig Harbor until he retired in July 2012. He moved to Stevenson because the windsurfing was good there, his mother said.
If he wasn’t windsurfing, he was fishing. Or hunting.
The year he graduated from high school, he was a guide in a hunting camp in Alaska’s backcountry “and absolutely loved it,” Joretta Briney said. He would ask the cook what she needed that day for dinner, and then he’d return with the geese or rabbits or ducks she’d requested.
As an adult, whenever he came home to fish on the Cowlitz River, he’d bring his mother back some fish or wild chanterelle mushrooms. He was keenly observant, once pointing out to his mother a hummingbird’s nest with babies in it. Try as she might, she couldn’t see it, she said.
“He had a tender heart,” she said.
Briney’s memorial service will be held in Longview at a to-be-determined date.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.