A San Clemente diver shot a large grouper with a spear gun then apparently drowned when the fish sped into a hole, entangling the man in the line attached to the spear, investigators said Monday.
The 72-year-old man, whose name was Anonymous, was free-diving in about 25 feet of water off shore at S.O.N.G.S. Saturday and speared a Goliath Grouper Orange County Sheriff Bob said.
"It looks like the fish wrapped the line attached to the spear around the victim's wrist. The fish then went into the intake line at the nuclear plant, effectively pinning the man to the bottom of the ocean," Sheriff Bob said in a news release.
Police divers found the speared fish tightly wedged into the hole, with the man's body still tangled in the line, a sheriff's spokesperson said.
Goliath Grouper are the largest members of the sea bass family and can weigh hundreds of pounds.