Australian surfer Mick Fanning fended off an attack and escaped two sharks on live TV. In the scary footage, Fanning can be seen fighting to stay on his board as one of the sharks thrashes in the water. Rescuers responded quickly and Fanning and another finalist, Julian Wilson, were brought to shore by boat, according to the World Surf League. Fanning told a reporter afterward;
“I punched it in the back.”
The competition was cancelled after the attack.
“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.”
Perrow said the finalists were not concerned with the affect the decision would have on the standings. Fanning told a reporter after he was brought back to the safety of the beach;
“I’m happy to not even compete ever again. I just want to let all my family and friends know, I’m okay. I’m just tripping out.”
Wilson, who watched the struggle unfold, said he was afraid his fellow competitor wasn’t going to make it out of the water alive.
“I was like, ‘He’s going under.’ I felt like I couldn’t get there quick enough. I’m just happy that he’s alive.”
You can hear the announcer say on the video, “Holy shit! –excuse me” when he realizes what is happening. They aren’t kidding, it’s %$#@! scary. Watch.
(via NBC News)