Pipeline surfer who appeared in 'Blue Crush' killed in shark attack in Hawaii, emergency officials say

Tamayo Perry, 49, was attacked in the water near Oahu's North Shore.

June 24, 2024, 10:30 AM

A well-known surfer and lifeguard was killed in a shark attack near the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, emergency officials said.

Tamayo Perry, 49, was attacked in the water off Goat Island midday on Sunday, the Honolulu Emergency Services Department said in a statement.

Tomayo Perry surfs on the North Shore of Hawaii in an undated photo.

Perry had been a lifeguard with Honolulu Ocean Safety since 2016. He was a local surf coach and competed for years in the Pipeline Master Trials, according to his official bio on his coaching site.

Perry appeared in the 2002 movie "Blue Crush," along with episodes of "Hawaii Five-O" and "The Bridge," according to IMDB.

Tomayo Perry drives an ATV on the North Shore of Hawaii in an undated photo.

Perry was a "well-known North Shore waterman," who "exemplified bravery, commitment and a deep sense of duty," Mayor Rick Blangiardi said in a statement.

"His heroic actions and tireless efforts to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors will never be forgotten," the mayor said.

"It's truly heartbreaking. Tomayo was truly loved," photographer Rafael Domeyko told ABC News. "I cannot begin to imagine the number of rescues he's performed."

Tamayo Perry, left, who was killed by a shark in the water off Oahu, is seen in an undated photo released by Honolulu Emergency Services Department on Sunday, June 23, 2024.
Honolulu Emergency Services Department

Goat Island sits off Mālaekahana beach on the the northeastern coast of Oahu.

The first emergency call came in at about 1 p.m. on Sunday, officials said. Perry's body was brought on shore via a jet ski.

"A caller told dispatchers the man's body appeared to have suffered more than one shark bite," EMS officials said in a statement.

A sign posted at a beach in Oahu warns of a shark in the area, on the Hawaiian island's north short on June 23, 2024, in a photo supplied by the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.
Honolulu Emergency Services Department

ABC News' Felicia Alvarez contributed to this report.

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