Spearfisherman’s leg mauled by great white – 24 November 2017 – Stillwater Cove, Carmel, California, US

Grigor Azatian
Grigor Azatian

Grigor Azatian, 25, was spearfishing with his father in Carmel Bay, California, when he was attacked by a great white while coming to the surface

Grigor recounts the attack: They were diving in an area near Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach, Carmel. His dad, Armen had no luck, but Grigor speared two nice-sized lingcod and a cabezon, then directed his dad to his fishing spot.

While his dad went off in search of prey, he took photos with an underwater camera, then dove in again with his spear. It was then he saw the great white – and the shark saw him and appeared to swim away.

He surfaced to warn his father of the shark, and while he scanned the water waiting for his dad to surface, the shark returned from behind and attacked.

The shake bit into his thigh and lower leg.

“The shark grabbed him and didn’t let him go, and took at least two bites,” said his father.

“It was horrifying; his muscles were torn apart.

He’s quoted as saying: “I didn’t have that luxury to panic, to scream and be emotional,” he said. “I had to concentrate and do everything possible to help my son.”

“He tried to fight with the shark. I don’t think he could do much, maybe pushing, moving his legs.”  He punched the shark’s face and kicked. He managed to free himself, screaming, then swam about 20 yards to the dinghy. His father surfaced about 30 yards away and reached the boat shortly after.

Lying with his mangled leg in the boat, Grigor asked that his constricting wetsuit be cut open.

“He was very calm,” he father said. He wrapped a tourniquet around his son’s leg.

“I was just trying to keep calm to help him somehow.”

The motored the dingy to the pier at Pebble Beach and shouted to a fisherman to call 911. He was taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. He underwent a 2-hour surgery and then a follow up surgery two days later which was successful.


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INJURED – 4 June 2017 — near Middle Sambo reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys, US – spearfisherman videos attack on himself

Parker Simpson shark attack Florida Keys
Parker Simpson shows the shark bite below the knee


Parker Simpson filmed himself being attacked by a 7-8ft reef shark while swimming back to the boat with a grouper he’d caught spearfishing near Middle Samo Reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys on Sunday 4 June 2017.

Watch Parker’s video of the attack…

He said the shark came out of nowhere.

“He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me,” Simpson wrote. “He first bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line.

“I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper I was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us!”

Simpson posted the video of the incident on his YouTube Channel called Over the Edge .

Parker Simpson shark attack Middle Samo Reef off Boca Chica
Parker Simpson shows his shark bite before he gets treatment on the boat.

“The shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, muscle sheath, and unfortunately my tibial artery, which caused me to lose more than a liter of blood.”

“I would not have made it back to the boat without the help of another strong swimmer and would have bled out had I not been patched up so well by Amanda,” Simpson wrote, adding a word of caution to all divers: “Always dive with a buddy and someone who is trained in first aid!”





INJURED – 4 November 2012 – waters off Waiehu Golf Course, Maui, Hawaii – spearfisherman attacked

Marcelino Riglos recovers in hospital after being bitten on the foot by a shark while spearfishing off Maui.
Marcelino Riglos recovers in hospital after being bitten on the foot by a shark while spearfishing off Maui.

Marcelino Riglos, 30, was bitten on the foot by a 12-15 foot tiger shark while spearfishing with a friend in waters about 300 metres offshore of Waiehu Golf Course, Maui, Hawaii.

He was coming up for air when the shark clamped on his right foot and started shaking it from side to side.

“I started whacking it in the face with my hand,” he was quoted as saying. “My foot was dangling and blood was shooting all over the place.

“I thought I was going die out there. (It) was crazy.

With the help of his friend they tied a tourniquet with dive gear to stop the bleeding. They shed their floaters and spear guns, and swam back to shore which took a hair-raising 25 minutes.

He was taken to hospital where he received surgery for his wounds.

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FATAL – 21 May 2011 – Leven Point, near Cape Vidal, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – spearfisherman attacked

Warren Smart died from a shark attack while spearfishing

Warren Smart, 28, died from bite wounds to his thigh received from a shark attack while spearfishing at Leven Point, 23km north of Cape Vidal and 57km south of Sodwana, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The incident happened on Saturday 21 May 2011.

The shark is presumed to have been a Zambezi (bull) shark.

Smart was diving with two friends when the attack happened around midday. His friends managed to hoist him onto the dive boat and they raced to shore. He died from blood loss while medics on shore were attending is wound.

According to media reports, Smart had speared a king mackerel about 12m down and was in the process of pulling it towards him to get it off the spear. But then the shark, which had been after the struggling fish, struck, biting Smart on the thigh.

His diving friend was quoted as saying: “It all happened in a split second. Warren did not see the shark in time.

“But by the time we pulled him into the boat, he had already lost so much blood from his artery.”

It took them about 40 minutes to reach the shore.

Ambulance services were waiting for them and an air ambulance arrived about five minutes later.

Medics tried to stabilise him but could not get a drip in because Smart’s veins had collapsed from a loss of blood.

Smart was declared dead an hour later, according to the report.