Swordfish kills fisherman who was trying to catch it in Hawaii

Posted at 5:10 PM, May 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-30 17:10:55-04

(CNN) — A boat captain is dead after being speared by a swordfish in Hawaii.

Randy Llanes, 47, was killed Friday while trying to catch the swordfish with a spear gun, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Llanes, who runs a deep sea fishing charter, jumped in the water at Honokohau Harbor on the Big Island after spotting the broadbill swordfish.

After being hit with the spear that Llanes fired off, the fish “thrashed about, leaving a puncture wound to his upper chest,” said Lt. William Souther.

Another official, acting Sgt. David Matsushima of the Kona Patrol, told CNN affiliate KHON that “the fish got wrapped around a mooring anchor, came back and swam at him.”

Emergency crews attempted CPR, but Llanes died at a local hospital from trauma caused by a puncture wound from the swordfish.

The fish was about six feet long and weighed around 40 pounds.

Hawaii is a major source of the domestic swordfish catch in the United States, according to a seafood industry website.

The swordfish is considered ferocious, with a reputation of using its long, distinctive bills to slash prey.

Ancient Hawaii residents feared the swordfish because they attacked and sometimes pierced fishing canoes.

Llanes was remembered by friends and family as an experienced fisherman.

People who showed up at a memorial jumped in the harbor and swam out to the spot where he died. They brought a traditional lei to honor him.