This is the moment a young fisherman cheated death after a 600lb black marlin leapt out the water and speared him in the mouth with its sharp spear-like bill.
Stephen Schultz had been fishing off the coast of Pinas Bay, Panama, with his sister and father and was trying to reel in the monster catch when he was horrifically wounded.
The angler was sat on the edge of the boat and had hooked the thrashing marlin on to his line as his family watched.
Majestic: The giant marlin leaps from the sea after being hooked by angler Stephen Schultz off the coast of Panama
Close-up: In trying to reel the giant fish in, the marlin thrashes towards the boat and lunges at Stephen
But seconds after watching the giant fish leap into the air, the marlin is pulled towards the vessel and lunges towards Stephen, impaling him in the mouth with its giant sharp bill.
Stephen's father can be heard shouting, 'Oh my God', as the huge fish falls off the side of the boat and back into the water.
The boy's mouth was impaled during the accident, with the marlin's sword piercing his cheek and nasal cavity.
He was rushed to hospital after the horrific incident, as his family sailed back to Panama before he was flown 100 miles north to National Hospital in Panama City.
Amazingly, Stephen escaped the horrendous incident in 2008 without any scarring.
Stephen Schultz (left) with his father Robert. They were joined on the fishing trip off Panama by Stephen's sister, Alison
Attack: The giant fish makes it onboard the Schultz family's boat after spearing Steven, but soon flops back into the water
The image shows the immediate aftermath of the attack. Stephen can be partially seen on the deck after being speared
This reconstruction shows the moment of impact when the marlin leapt out of the water and struck Stephen
This x-ray reconstructs how deep the marlin's sword-like bill entered Stephen's brain. Amazingly, he escaped the incident without any scarring
Describing the moment he was impaled by the fish, Stephen, from Marietta, Georgia, said he had been wrestling with the marlin for 25 minutes before he was speared.
He said: 'He jumped once, facing away from the boat and turned around in mid-air; he was about 15 feet away; went back into the water, made one more jump toward the back of the boat and his bill struck me on the left side of the face and knocked me onto the ground.'
His sister Alison, who filmed the accident, said: 'I wasn't too sure what happens when you go deep sea fishing.
'I wasn't sure if they were supposed to be that close. So I was like, I'll get this on film. Then it was in the boat. Before I could react, it was already at us. So I just kept rolling.'
Stephen's father Robert added: 'I've heard of people having marlins come up. Usually, they're in control and they can jump in a vertical type of situation.
'It won't be where they take a run at you. We thought we were safe.'