Surfer Mick Fanning Narrowly Escapes A Shark Attack During A Competition

Posted: Jul 19 2015, 5:33pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News


Surfer Mick Fanning Narrowly Escapes a Shark Attack During a Competition
Courtesy of World Surf League

The incident took place in the final round of J-Bay Open. After the attack, World Surf League called off the remainder of the competition

Australian pro suffer Mick Fanning had a lucky escape on Sunday when he was attacked by a shark in the middle of a surfing competition in South Africa. 

The triple world champion had to fight off a fearsome animal in the final round of J-Bay Open in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The shark attacked and knocked the surfer off the board. Fanning threw punches at it. In the meantime, he was pulled out of the water by the rescuers on their jet-skies. The 34-year old Fanning was reportedly unharmed and had an interview right after the attack.

“I was just about to start paddling again and all of a sudden I had that instinct that something was behind me. Then, I started getting pulled under water and the thing came up and I saw the whole thing. It was right there. I was getting dragged under my leg rope.”

Fanning added. “I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth. It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming.” 

The surfer was horrified by the whole situation but he somehow “punched it in the back” to scare it away. 

Julian Wilson, who was the other finalist, was going to help his fellow countryman.

“I saw him wrestling it and saw him get knocked off his board. Then a little wave popped up and I couldn’t see him. I though he’s gone under. It felt like I couldn’t get there quick enough. I literally thought that I wasn’t going to get there in time.

The competition was called off after the attack and an official statement was released by World Surf League.

“We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick’s composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable.”

“The safety of our athletes is a priority for WSL and after discussions with both finalists; we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open.”

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