(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Tragically, a surfer in Hawaii succumbed to injuries from a shark encounter over the weekend, as confirmed by authorities.
When the incident occurred, Jason Carter, a 39-year-old Haiku resident, was surfing in the waters off Paia Bay near 93 Hana Highway. Despite the swift response and efforts of Ocean Safety Officers and first responders, Carter passed away at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
This incident, currently under investigation and categorized as a “miscellaneous type incident” by the Maui Police Department, has prompted the closure of nearby Baldwin Beach Park and Baby Beach and the placement of shark warning signs in the vicinity.
Carter was rescued from the waters of Paia Bay at 11:19 a.m. on Saturday by Ocean Safety Officers, who transported him to shore via jet ski. Once ashore, first responders administered lifesaving measures before he was transferred to the hospital. However, the specific nature of his injuries remains undisclosed at this time.
The impact of this tragic event extends beyond the immediate incident, with local authorities taking precautionary measures.
Following Carter’s encounter, Baldwin Beach Park and Baby Beach were closed, and shark warning signs were installed around the area, as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources has been vigilant in ensuring the safety of beachgoers in the aftermath.
Before moving to Hawaii, Carter had worked at ski resorts in Oregon and Colorado, as indicated by his Facebook profile. His passion for outdoor activities was well-known among his friends, who took to social media to express their grief and commemorate his adventurous spirit.
Tributes flowed in, with one friend honoring him as “a legend lost” and another lamenting the loss of “another amazing friend and an amazing person.” These messages reflect Carter’s profound impact on those who knew him and the community he was a part of.