Experienced open water swimmer, and former LA County Lifeguard, Steve Robles was attacked by a great white shark while swimming off the coast of Southern California on Saturday, according to several local media reports.
Robles was swimming near Manhattan Beach in California with a group of friends on a 2-mile swim when a great white shark attacked the right side of his chest. He was able to pry the shark’s jaws open just enough to escape; after a rescue, he was then rushed to a local hospital, where he is recovering, and is reported to be “stable” condition.
The shark that committed the attack had been hooked by a fisherman, who was trying to reel it in for an estimated 30-40 minutes around 9AM on Saturday morning. By law, when a fisherman can identify that they’ve got a great white shark hooked, they’re supposed to cut their line.
Robles is reported to have never lost consciousness and is breathing on his own.
Robles made headlines last summer by completing what he referred to as “the swim from hell” – a 13-hour swim from Catalina Island to the mainland coast and specifically Trump National Golf Club. That swim left him hospitalized as well with hypothermia and perhaps a mild heart attack, according to the Daily Breeze.
That 21-mile swim is one of the most famous organized channel swims in the United States, and is recognized as one of the “Ocean’s seven,” a famous collection of 7 swims that if successfully completed, puts its conqueror into marathon swimming lore. The Ocean’s seven was not successfully completed by one swimmer until 2012.
Robles’ day job is as a real estate broker.