Shark attack survivor: I grabbed it by nose

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Steven Robles, 40, was swimming off Manhattan Beach when a Great White bit him in the chest last Saturday, while it was on an angler's hook.. 

Mr Robles, who suffered multiple puncture wounds to his ribs, back and right arm, has been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, reported Daily Mail.

"I was staring at the shark eyeball to eyeball," the long-distance swimmer said, reported ABC News.

"It lunged right at my chest. You could just hear everything crunch."

He instinctively grabbed the shark by its nose and said he was lucky that the shark released its grip. 

"It was the most frightening thing anyone could ever experience," he added. 

Manhattan Beach was reopened a day after the attack, although the authorities banned fishing in the area for at least three days.

Repeated screams

Fishermen had been battling the young 7-foot shark for 40 minutes before Mr Robles got in the way. 

Raw footage showed the fishermen laughing before the repeated screams for help made them realise that someone was bitten. 

One of fisherman, who only wanted to be known as Jason, said that they were not out hunting for great whites as it is illegal, reported Los Angeles Times. 

They had wanted to cut the line once they realised what was on the line but were worried that the shark was too close to swimmers.

"Our main concern was taking the shark further out to sea before cutting the line - turning his head and pulling him out to sea."

"We are deeply concerned about the swimmer. No one intended this to happen," he added. 

Sources: Daily Mail, ABC News, Los Angeles Times

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