Shark attack victim in Hawaii was 65-year-old from Granite Bay, Calif.

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MAUI COUNTY, Hawaii (KCRA) — A man who was killed in a shark attack while swimming in Hawaii was identified as a 65-year-old man from Granite Bay.

A family member tells KCRA 3 the man’s name is Thomas Smiley, who worked as an optometrist in Sacramento.

Shark warning signs were posted Sunday in the Ka’anapali Beach Park area on Maui where the man died a day earlier.

Witness Allison Keller told Hawaii News Now that Smiley appeared unconscious as rescuers pulled him from the water and performed CPR Saturday morning.

“As we got closer, I saw some blood on his stomach and then I got looking a little bit more and his wrist, it looked like the skin on his wrist was just torn off,” Keller said. “And then I got looking closer and his entire left leg from his knee down was just missing.”

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Smiley was swimming about 60 yards from shore when the attack happened, according to authorities.

The last fatal shark attack in Hawaii was in 2015, when a snorkeler off Maui was killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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