Port Elizabeth (South Africa), July 19: Australia's professional surfer Mick Fanning had a narrow escape from a shark attack during the J-Bay Open Men's Samsung Galaxy Champions Tour #6 on Sunday. (Scroll down to watch the video)
A video on the tournament's official Twitter handle shows the triple world champion attacked by a shark in Jeffreys Bay in Eastern Cape during the final round on July 19. This scary footage was captured on live TV.
"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' said Fanning of the encounter," Fanning was quoted as saying about the incident.
"I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth," Fanning, who is nicknamed "White Lightning" added.
"Sharks are in the lineup. @Mick_Fanning is OK. The #JBayOpen Final is on STANDBY," the tournament's twitter handle wrote.
In another tweet, it said, "Due to the shark incident, #JBayOpen has been called OFF for the day. The athletes are unharmed."
"Shark at #JBayOpen. Thankfully, Mick Fanning is unharmed," another tweet read.
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn too reacted after watching the video. He hailed Fanning as a hero. "Mick! Ur my new hero.," he tweeted.
Due to this incident the event was called off for the day.
Here are the tweets and video related to the incident
Mick fanning attacked by shark at #JBayOpen !!!!!! Live on TV! Faaaaaaaark— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) July 19, 2015
Mick! Ur my new hero. #JBayOpen— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) July 19, 2015