This video is absolutely insane. Surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a great white shark during the J Bay Open finals. In aerial footage shown by the World Surf League, it was pretty incredible to see the swift response of the rescue teams as he was surrounded by rescue crews within seconds of the attack. Fellow surfer Julian Wilson, who was also in the water, actually swam toward the situation to try to help.
"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 league wrote on their Facebook page.
Mick was understandably shaken up after the incident. "I just had the instinct that someone was behind me and then all of a sudden I started getting pulled under water...I was getting dragged under by my leg wrap...and then it was dragging me and all of a sudden my leg wrap broke and I was like 'all right' I just started swimming and screaming," he told the World Surf League. "I just thought 'what happens if it comes for another go at me,' but before I knew it, the boats were there, the skis were there."
The commissioner's office has canceled competition for the rest of the day.