Competition canceled after surfer Mick Fanning escapes shark attack

19 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mick Fanning, Professional Surfer, Attacked By Shark During Competition in South Africa.

A professional surfer had a close encounter with two sharks during a competition in South Africa on Sunday — and the whole ordeal was captured on live television.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. 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. “And then all of the sudden, I felt like I started getting pulled under water.

In terrifying footage broadcast on live TV, Fanning can be seen fighting to stay on his board as at least one of the sharks thrashes violently in the water. Fanning and another finalist, Julian Wilson, were brought to shore by boat, according to the World Surf League. “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,” it said in a statement.

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