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Kailua family remembers veteran waterman killed in boating accident

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Shim's three daughters and stepson Shim's three daughters and stepson
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Four days after a boating accident killed a diver in Kailua, his children are speaking publicly in hopes of educating others about the importance of ocean safety.

Sri Shim's three daughters and stepson spoke to the media Wednesday, saying that their dad was an experienced waterman.

"It was such a beautiful day out and it turned into the worst days of our lives,” said his middle daughter, Alyson Shim.

Shim was spearfishing with his stepson, Trey Albrecht, in Kailua Bay on Saturday when a 24-foot inflatable Zodiac boat ran both of them over.

Albrecht is still recovering at the Queen's Medical Center. Walking with a limp, the 25-year-old took a seat at the news conference surrounded by his stepsisters. He said he is bruised from his knee all the way up to his rib cage and he has three lacerations on his arm, one so deep it severed an artery.

“I'm extremely, extremely lucky to be alive for sure and not be in a wheelchair or even worse," Albrecht said.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office said Shim, 59, was killed by the boat's propeller.

His family never wants that to happen to anyone ever again.

"Awareness in the water is a huge thing so I think no matter the conditions you need to … we call it scanning the horizon. No matter if it's flat, or if it's windy, whenever you're operating some type of machinery like that, you need to always be scanning the horizon,” Albrecht said, through tears.

Alyson Shim added, "Our dad died on the most beautiful day and it's hard to say, ‘Could something like this be prevented?’ I think that if anything can be taken away from this in general, just be safe on the water, be aware of your surroundings at all time."

Albrecht won't tell the media if they had dive flags that day or not, although some witnesses said they did. The family said they want to leave the investigation to the authorities.

However, they said their father was an exceptional diver and surfer with a passion for the water. But most of all, he was a proud father.

"He's really proud of all of us for our accomplishments, but he was especially proud of our youngest sister, she plays professional soccer for the Portland Thorns … and she hadn't been home for over a year,” said the eldest daughter, Lauren Kawahakui.

“Dad was supposed to wait for me,” said the youngest, Meleana Shim.

A celebration of life and paddle out will be held in Shim’s honor on January 23 at Ala Moana Bowls, one of his favorite surf spots.

Albrecht could get released from the hospital as early as Thursday, but he has months of recovery ahead.

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