Shark Attacks Mick Fanning at J-Bay Open
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On Sunday an unheard of situation happen just three minutes into the Mick Fanning vs Julian Wilson final, a shark hit Mick! The skis and boats raced to help save him but a wave lurched and obscured Mick from view, and they thought he was done for. By a stroke of luck, the ski got to Mick then climbed on the back put a thumbs up and everyone could breath a little bit easier.
“I was sitting on my board, I felt like I was about to lie down and start paddling,” Mick said. “Then I had this feeling that something was coming up behind me. That’s when I got hit. I was knocked off my board and it was right there next to it. It pulled me underwater and eventually my leg rope broke. Julian was down the point and I was trying to yell at him not to paddle back out. Eventually a little wave came and I just started swimming as hard as I could.”
This was a heavy situation for all to see, and made top news everywhere on social media. We are all glad Mick is alive and well and as far as the contest goes the WSL officially cancelled the remainder of the event, with points and prize money being split between the two finalists (Mick and Julian).