On the morning of Saturday, July 5, a man was attacked by a great white shark while swimming just off the coast of Manhattan Beach in Southern California. The man, Steven Robles, was with a group of 14 other swimmers early in the day when he happened to go right by a great white that had become entangled in a fishing line and was agitated by the event.
The shark was hooked by a fisherman who had been casting his line off the Manhattan Beach Pier. After over half an hour spent trying to reel the giant animal in, the shark grew increasingly angered by his entrapment, when the unlucky Robles happened to swim by. He was with other swimmers who were about 300 yards off of the beach's shore.
After seeing Robles being attacked by the great white – being bitten right in the torso – the fisherman cut the line, freeing the shark entirely. The fisherman then took Robles to shore where he was treated by Los Angeles lifeguards before paramedics arrived. Reports say the shark remained in the area for about 20 more minutes before disappearing back into the water.
While speaking with local reporters the day after his attack, Robles told CBS News how he was feeling fine after surviving the ordeal. While saying that his nerves will still shaky and he still has some soreness in his body, Robles expressed gratitude that he was able to make it through the attack alive and relatively intact.
Robles' story highlights how important it is to always be safe while in the water and totally aware of your surroundings. If you are a lifeguard at a pool or beach this summer, be sure to invest in a lifeguard swimsuit from Swimmer's Choice!