If winning three world surfing titles wasn’t enough for Mick Fanning, he added another achievement to his legacy on Sunday when he fought off a shark attack in the middle of a competition in South Africa, reports NDTV.
The Australian was taking part in the J-Bay Open when the shark struck. He struggled with the animal before jetskis and boats came to his rescue and helped him back to shore.
“All of [a] sudden, I just had this instinct that something was behind me. And then all of the sudden, I felt like I started getting pulled under water. Then the [shark] came up, and I was on my board and it was like right there, and I saw the whole thing thrashing around.”
“I was getting dragged under by my leg wrap, and then I felt like it kicked me off, but it was still there, and I was still attached to my board. I felt like it was dragging me under water, and then my leg wrap broke, and I started swimming and screaming.”
The shocked mother of one of the greats of modern surfing said that she thought she had lost another son. Elizabeth Osborne, who was watching it live on TV, said:
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen happen to any of my family because it was just there in front of me. I was so scared. I just thought when that wave came through that he’d gone. When Sean (her other son) was killed in the car accident, I didn’t see it. I saw this just in front of me. It was just terrible. He’s such a fighter. I’m just so thankful and so proud of Mick and so grateful to the universe that he didn’t have a leg missing.”