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Man meets surf shop owner who saved him from shark

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UNDATED (NBC) -  A brave beach worker talking about the moment he saw a man being attacked by a shark on a California beach.

He didn’t hesitate and over the weekend he met the man who is alive today because of him.

Steve Robles was swimming at Manhattan Beach when he was attacked, but thankfully Justin Hoot was there.

"I saw him out there and heard screaming. People were leaving, and I thought, someone's got to get him,” Hoot said.

Hoot heard Robles' screams for help, from this surf board rental tent, where he works.

"I grabbed one of them and paddled out and then by that time we had gotten you onto a soft top surf board, there were probably six of us pushing you in,” Hoot said.

Robles shared his story of survival with the 19-year-old college student. The long distance swimmer is upset with the fisherman, who hooked the juvenile great white, and didn't cut the line right away.

"I saw that shark just eyeball to eyeball just like you and I exactly the same distance and it came in and bit me,” Robles said.

Robles is recovering from skin lacerations under his right arm, and a punctured artery in his thumb.
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