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Shark attacks surfer during live competition in South Africa

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Frightening video from a South Africa surf competition is going viral. A great white shark attacked a professional surfer waiting to catch a wave. The live competition captured the entire attack on camera.

Watching this shark attack may make you afraid to ever go back in the water.

Professional surfer Mick Fanning had to fend off a shark attack during a live surfing competition at South Africa’s J-Bay. Dramatic video shows the shark circling the 3-time World Surf League Champion, then violently shoving him from his board. A rescue team on a jet ski hoisted him to safety, unhurt but clearly shaken.

“I was just sitting there and I felt something just start moving, I felt something grab, like get stuck in my leg rope and I instantly just jumped away and it just kept coming at my board and I just kept kicking and screaming,” said Mick Fanning, surfer.

Back on land, Fanning realized how lucky he is to be alive.

“It’s one of those things where you, like I woke up this morning and spoke to more family and friends, cried a little bit,” Fanning said.

Fanning’s mother is in disbelief.

“I just can’t believe he came out without a scratch,” said Elizabeth Osborne, Mick Fanning’s Mother.

You watch the video again you may be in disbelief too. 30 minutes after the attack, the shark was spotted again. Event organizers cleared the water, and canceled the rest of the competition.

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