Hawaii lifeguard killed in shark attack after surfing: ‘A tragic loss’

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Hawaii lifeguard killed in shark attack after surfing: ‘A tragic loss’

A Hawaiian lifeguard died Sunday after suffering a shark attack as he was surfing off the island of Oahu, according to authorities.

Tamayo Perry, 49, a City and County of Honolulu Ocean Safety lifeguard, died from the shark bites near Goat Island, Honolulu Emergency Services Department’s Shayne Enright said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Honolulu Ocean Safety and the city’s fire, police and emergency medical services departments responded shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday to Mālaekahana Beach on Oahu’s North Shore following a report that a man appeared to have suffered shark bites, Enright said.

Lifeguards used jet skis to pull Perry to shore where paramedics made the death pronouncement, according to Enright. 

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Tamayo Perry was also a professional surfer. In this photo, Perry is seen surfing during round three of the Billabong Pro trials on May 4, 2003, at Teahupoo, Tahiti, French Polynesia.  (Steve Robertson/ Getty Images)

Enright said Ocean Safety personnel posted shark warnings in the area after the attack on Perry.

The 49-year-old was a professional surfer and an actor who appeared in the movies “Blue Crush” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” along with a role in an episode of “Hawaii Five-0.”

Perry began his career with the Ocean Safety department in July 2016, Enright said.

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A Hawaiian lifeguard died Sunday after suffering a shark attack as he was surfing off the island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Honolulu Ocean Safety Acting Chief Kurt Lager described Perry as a lifeguard “loved by all.”

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Tamayo Perry, 49, was pronounced dead by paramedics. (Nick Kapule/Fox News Digital)

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“He’s well known on the North Shore,” Lager said at a news conference. “He’s a professional surfer known worldwide. Tamayo’s personality was infectious and as much as people loved him, he loved everyone else more.”

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said Perry’s death was “a tragic loss.”

“Tamayo was a legendary waterman and highly respected,” the mayor said.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace along with The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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