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Pro Surfer Attacked By Shark During Competition on Live TV (Video)
A frightening incident unfolded in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, during the final round of the World Surf League’s J-Bay Open, as professional surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark while out on the water.
The scary moment was captured during a live broadcast of the event. You can watch it below:
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Following that attack, WSL commissioner Kieren Perrow decided to cancel the remainder of the event, with Fanning and fellow finalist Julian Wilson splitting the prize purse.
Thankfully, it appears as though everyone was able to escape the shark-infested waters unscathed. Here a statement that was released by the World Surf League following the attack:
“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.”
After surviving a shark attack and finishing in first place, I’d chalk this up as being one lucky day for Mick Fanning.
Hat Tip – [WSL]