‘I was getting dragged under’: Australian pro surfer narrowly escapes shark attack on live TV
Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning was competing in a tournament off the coast of South Africa when the water rippled behind him to reveal a grey fin and slashing tail.
Fanning was attacked by a shark while competing in the J-Bay Open final on live television. The surfer scrambled to avoid the sudden attack but managed to leave the incident unharmed with the assistance of jetskis and rescue boats to carry him back to shore.
“All of the sudden, I just had this instinct that something was behind me,” Fanning told the World Surf League’s official website.
“And then all of the sudden, I felt like I started getting pulled under water. Then the [shark] came up, and I was on my board and it was like right there, and I saw the whole thing thrashing around.