An Enraged Swordfish Just Speared and Killed a Spearfisherman in Hawaii

by Owen James Burke


The swordfish measured six feet (including the bill) and weighed 40 pounds. Photo: Reuters.

47 year old Captain Randy Llanes was in Honokohau Harbor when he came across a juvenile swordfish cruising the shallows, an unusual sight.

Llanes jumped in with his speargun and stuck the fish, but upon receiving the blow, the fish lashed out and reciprocated, planting its own spear, or bill, into Llanes chest.

Onlookers attempted immediate first aid and CPR until paramedics arrived, but Captain Llanes was later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Swordfish are common around Hawaii, but usually found in the depths. Andrew Rossiter, director of the Waikiki Aquarium, told local news outlet KHON that the fish was most likely either chasing prey or injured.


Photo: Captain Randy Llanes/Facebook.

Though Captain Llanes landed the fish posthumously, he may be one of only a few human beings to have ever speared a swordfish.

Family, friends and members of the community jumped into the harbor with traditional lay to memorialize the late captain.

Condolences to the friends and family of Captain Llanes. Read more at -OJB

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