Mick Fanning shark attack: Professional surfer escapes life-threatening encounter

Fanning managed to retreat to the safety of a boat and was unhurt after the shark attack

Jack de Menezes
Tuesday 21 July 2015 09:50
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A professional surfer has survived after being attacked by a shark during a competition - with the dramatic scenes being broadcast on live television.

Mick Fanning was seen wading out on his board at Jeffreys Bay when a fin appeared behind him in the water.

As the shark made a lunge for the triple-world champion, Fanning leapt off his board and attempted to use it as a shield between himself and the predator in a bid to save his life.

The surfer emerged from the ocean unscathed, while even his board appeared to be in one piece.

Watch the video below…

"I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth."

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