Fisherman on Being Pulled Out to Sea: 'This Was It'

Anthony Wichman was pulled overboard in the middle of the ocean by a tuna.
3:00 | 07/25/13

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Now, to the stunning standoff, man versus tuna. A fisherman at sea, caught battling this huge fish. His boat capsized during the battle. Neal karlinsky has the story. Reporter: What anthony wigman lived through fishing off the coast of honolulu, is like slapstick in "caddyshack" and a horror movie. He was pulled overboard alone in the middle of the ocean by a 280-pound ahi tuna on the end of his line. He jerked the rod out of my hands. And cook off with the line wrapped around my leg. Reporter: His small boat capsized. Wichman was hanging on to the side, trying to get the line untangled from his leg, when he was pulled under 50 feet. I told myself this was it. I mean, if he kept pulling me, there was nothing I could do. Reporter: Finally, as he was running out of air, the fish suddenly stopped pulling. He was able to get to the surface. Luckily, on my waterproof cell phone worked. I called my daughter. And then called 911. We're looking for your vessel right now. Reporter: First responders zero in on his cell phone and find him. I see you. You're coming directly towards me. We have you in sight. People go out of their way to do something like that was pretty good. Reporter: His friends went out and found the half-submerged boat. And they found something else, too. The tuna, all 280 pounds of it, still hooked. Wichman let his friends keep it and sell it for $1,400. For "good morning america," neal karlinsky, abc news, los angeles.

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