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The Surfer’s quick thinking saves him after a great white shark attack on live TV

The Surfer's quick thinking saves him after a great white shark attack on live TV

Surfer Mick Fanning admitted that ‘you never think something like this would happen to you’

If the thought of a shark attack isn’t scary enough, give it a try he actually gets attacked by one.

World champion surfer Mike Fanning says he still has “flashbacks” to the time he was attacked on live TV by a great white.

In July 2015, a three-meter shark caught the three-time champion while he was competing in Jeffreys, South Africa.

If Fanning hadn’t thought quickly, his life would have been over. Look below:

During the incident, he was dragged underwater for a long nine seconds.

However, instead of accepting his fate, the Australian managed to fend off the shark just before it took his own life.

“I felt like I peaked at the right time, my body felt good and yes, I was really excited,” he said 60 minutes in 2018.

“The shark just came in. My board was tilted to the side and the shark just came up like that. It was like right there. The main dorsal fin was right there and I could see the side fin and I could see where it was going from gray to white.

“Then I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is… this is really, really bad.'”

He thought it was over.  (60 minutes)

He thought it was over. (60 minutes)

Fanning somehow managed to fend off the shark by punching it and make it back to safety.

In a 2020 interview, he said he felt “extremely lucky” that things turned out the way they did.

Speaking to 7NEWS, Fanning said: “As a surfer you have sharks in the back of your mind but you never think it will happen to you.

“I consider myself extremely lucky.

“I still have memories of coming up (for air) and hearing the splashing.”

Incredibly, Fanning’s brush with death didn’t discourage him from surfing, and just a week after the attack he was back at sea.

The surfer says he still has

The surfer says he still has “flashbacks.” (60 minutes)

He ended up placing second in the competition he was competing in at the time of the attack, which, all things considered, is pretty damn impressive.

Fanning even agreed to come face-to-face with sharks in a National Geographic documentary Save this shark where he was cage diving.

He explained at the time: “I didn’t know how I would react when I saw a shark… but I had to heal and see if the nightmares I had were over.

“The anxiety and nerves are coming back and I personally didn’t know how it would all turn out, but they are amazing creatures.

“I realized how important sharks are, they rule the ocean for a reason. I’m very glad I did it. It also answered a lot of questions.”

Featured image: 60 minutes

Topics: Australia, Shark attacks, Sharks