This is the terrifying moment when a professional surfer had a brush with death when he was attacked by a shark on live TV.
Mike Fanning was competing in the final of the J-Bay Open, a major surfing competition Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, when a shark approached him and knocked him off his surfboard.
He said he was able to “get a punch into its back” and startle it so he could escape.
He told Fox Sports 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."
"A big sigh of relief seeing Fanning in one piece," a commentator is heard saying, on the video of the event posted on the World Surf League website.
Fanning's mother, Elizabeth Osborne, who watched the incident live on television in Australia, told Australian Broadcasting Corp the attack was "the worst thing I've ever seen happen to any of my family because it was just there in front of me".
Osborne said she believes Fanning's brother Sean, who died in a car accident 17 years ago, was watching over his sibling.Reuse content