Video has been released from the J-Bay Open Final surfing competition in South Africa showing defending champion Mike Fanning being attacked by a shark as television news cameras rolled.
Fortunately, Fanning managed to act quickly and avoid the shark’s bite by punching the animal as it approached. Fanning then managed to make it back to shore.
“I was just sitting there and I felt something just get stuck in my leg rope, and I was kicking trying to get it away,” Fanning said.
The World Surf League canceled the remainder of the event and issued an official statement following the incident:
“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 — they are truly world class at what they do.
“The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team.”
What the incident as it happened:
Only in the movies have you seen anything like this! Share this on your twitter/facebook wall. What an amazing rescue!
H/T – Youtube