Shark attack! Australian surf champ Mick Fanning had a brush with death when two sharks attacked him while competing in a surfing competition in South Africa. Is he OK? Watch the horrifying video here!
How scary! Australian surfer Mick Fanning, 34, was in the middle of a surfing competition in South Africa on July 19 when two massive sharks attacked him in the water while he was waiting to catch a surf. HollywoodLife.com has a video of the terrifying encounter, and it will make you never want to go in the water again.
Mick has just entered the final heat of the J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay when two sharks got a little too close for comfort and came speeding towards his surfboard. The three-time world champion was then thrown off his board by the sharks into the sea. He started swimming towards the shore and was picked up by a rescue boat. Miraculously, he was left unharmed.
Speaking about the attack, Mick told Sky News Australia: “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. I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth.” Mick revealed he got away because he was able to “get a punch in its back,” which startled one of the sharks. How brave!
The World Surf League (WSL) confirmed that Mick was approached by two sharks, and that he and fellow Aussie surfer Julian Wilson were rescued from the water. The competition was called off immediately.
First Time J-Bay Open Has Been Suspended After A Shark Attack
Surprisingly, it’s the first time the tournament has been suspended due to a shark-related incident. However, surfers have spotted sharks lurking in the distance.
In 2007, Australian Mick Lowe claimed to have seen a Great White. “I saw a shark,” he said.”It did a U-turn, and it was no dolphin.” Another Australian surfer, Taj Burrow, stopped mid-heat when he saw a huge shark swim underneath his board during a 2003 competition.
We are so glad Mick is OK after such a frightening incident. We would NOT be going back in the water for quite some time. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are sharks our friend or foe?
— Jon Boon