Sufer saves him­self by punch­ing shark

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

JOHANNESBURG — Knocked off his board by an at­tack­ing shark, three-time world cham­pion Mick Fan­ning punched the crea­ture be­fore es­cap­ing un­harmed dur­ing the tele­vised fi­nals of a world surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion in South Africa on Sun­day. The Aus­tralian surfer was struck by the shark from be­hind and knocked into the wa­ter as he sat on his board wait­ing his turn dur­ing the JBay Open in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape Province. As he scans the wa­ter, two fins ap­pear and with a splash he dis­ap­pears un­der the sur­face. He is next seen fu­ri­ously try­ing to swim to safety be­fore a res­cuer pulls him out of the wa­ter. “I felt some­thing grab, get stuck in my leg rope and in­stantly jump away. And it just kept com­ing at my board,” Fan­ning said, once safe on the res­cue boat. Fan­ning said at first he swam away but then de­cided to de­fend him­self and turned to punch the shark in the back.

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