Mick Fanning escapes shark attack in South Africa

Champion surfer Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina have been pulled from the surf after a shark scare, exactly two years since Fanning’s close call at the same event in South Africa.

Fanning was in the water at the J-Bay Open when he was rushed away on emergency jet skis after a great white shark was spotted nearby.

The men’s World Surf League quarterfinal was suspended until it was deemed safe enough to go back into the water.


The incident is the second in two days at the notorious break.

Fanning, who was attacked two years ago by a great white in the event final, was surfing against Medina when their quarter-final was put on hold.

The great white was moving towards the surfers from around 700 metres away when they were taken to safety.

Fanning, who lost the heat saw the footage for the first time when he was recapping the day’s action and was taken aback by the size of the shark.

“That is huge,” Fanning exclaimed.

“Look at that thing, that thing is a beast, at least they saw this one. I am glad they got us out of the water.

“Those things are just submarines, however long they are, the roundness of them as well … they are big, big beasts.”

Fanning, who famously punched the shark that attacked him in 2015, said he did not panic, but also saw the amusing side of lightning very nearly striking twice, once he was on a boat.

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