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California man says great white shark took ‘2 or 3 bites’ of son

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. >> A California spear fisherman says a great white shark took “two or three bites” of his son before they were able to get him out of water and to safety.

Armen Azatian told KSBW-8 TV that the moment was a shock for him and a “horrifying scene” but he moved quickly to help stop the bleeding.

Azatian said his son, 25-year-old Grigor, stayed calm although the amount of damage and blood was overwhelming. His son described the shark as about 15 feet long.

State fire Capt. Josh Silveira says the men were several hundred yards offshore Friday at Pebble Beach when the son was bitten in the right thigh.

Armen Azatian says his son is expected to make a full recovery although the damage to muscle is extensive.

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