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400-pound goliath grouper pulls Florida firefighter into the water

"This is the beast that pulled me overboard." - Stephen Rampersad Image credit: Facebook

A Florida firefighter on a fishing charter boat was pulled overboard by a goliath grouper on his line, but he held onto his pole and reeled in the 400-pound fish.


Milton firefighter Stephen Rampersad took his wife, Christen, out on the Chew on This Charter boat off the east coast of Florida on Thursday to celebrate her 30th birthday, and the celebration certainly made a splash.


Video filmed partially by Christen Rampersad and partially by another person on the boat shows the firefighter get pulled head-first into the water by the massive fish on the end of his line about 300 yards off the coast of Stuart.


Stephen Rampersand was saved from going completely overboard by Capt. Ben Chancey, who can be heard telling the fireman to hold onto his rod — an instruction he followed.


“I didn’t panic. I had a game plan, but dropping the rod was never an option,” Rampersand told the Pensacola News Journal.


Stephen Rampersand said he struggled with the fish for about 25 to 30 minutes and was nearly pulled overboard a second time.


The grouper, estimated to weigh about 400 pounds, was released after posing for pictures with Rampersand and the crew.


The firefighter said he wasn’t injured in the struggle, but there was one casualty: “I lost my Costa Del Mar sunglasses in the battle.”


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