JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping.
Australian surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape Province but escaped without injuries.
On a video on the World Surf League’s website, Fanning is seen knocked off his surfboard. As he scans the water, two fins appear and he disappears under the surface. He is next seen furiously trying to swim to safety before a rescuer pulls him out of the water.
Back on land and shaking his head in disbelief, Fanning told spectators that he punched the shark.
The World Surf League cancelled the remainder of the event.