MANHATTAN BEACH (CBS/AP) — A man who was attacked by a great white shark off a Southern California beach is describing how quickly a routine swim turned into a bloody nightmare.
Steven Robles was in the water off Manhattan Beach near Los Angeles when the 7-foot-long juvenile shark suddenly appeared Saturday morning.
He told KCAL-TV “The shark came right up to me, bit right into my torso area. He penetrated the first layer of my skin and into my fat tissue… and somehow I had enough sense to grab his nose with my right hand and pry him off my body.”
Robles was taken to shore and by Sunday morning had been released from the hospital.
Witnesses said the shark had been hooked by a fisherman on a nearby pier and was thrashing in the water for more than 30 minutes before biting Robles about 300 yards off shore.
The beach, crowded over the holiday weekend, was eventually reopened.
More from KCAL’s interview with Robles at:
TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report