Miraculous Video of Pro Surfer Escaping Shark Attack in South Africa

Mick Fanning was on his board during a surf competition when the shark attacked.
2:07 | 07/20/15

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:

{{nextVideo.title}}

{{nextVideo.description}}

Skip to this video now

Now Playing:

{{currentVideo.title}}

Comments
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for Miraculous Video of Pro Surfer Escaping Shark Attack in South Africa
Rob, thank you. Now, to maybe the first time a shark attack was captured live by cameras as it was happening. The attack, during a professional surfing competition. A surfer punching and kicking as the shark came right for him. Linzie Janis with the amazing video. Reporter: Watch as Reporter: Watch as pro surfer Mick fanning is attacked by a shark on live television. Fanning sitting on his board off the south african coast when suddenly a giant fin comes up behind him. The shark, thrashing around. Fanning kicking and punching to get away. But the shark's powerful tail knocking him off his board, then dragging him under. For several terrifying seconds fanning can't be seen. But then he pops up. Rescuers racing to pull fanning and his competitor Julian Wilson out of the water. And looking out for that shark. Its teeth severing the rope connecting fanning to his board. But the surfer miraculously getting away without a scratch. I just saw the fin. I didn't see the teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me. As I was swimming, I was like, ah! Reporter: Fanning emotional, saying he was worried about Wilson. It's like, you know, even though we're competitors, we're still friends. Reporter: Wilson also fighting back tears. I saw the whole thing and then saw he got knocked off his board and then like a little wave popped up and I was like, Aw, he's gone. Reporter: The organizers cancelling the event. And the competitors, sharing the prize money. Feeling lucky to be alive. I'm happy to not even compete ever again. Like seriously to walk away from that I'm just -- oh, man! Reporter: A swimmer was attacked and killed off the same beach less than two years ago. A great white, 17 feet long. And Tom, that surfer did the right thing. Experts say to punch and kick the nose and eyes. You called really hear the terror in his voice.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"2:07","description":"Mick Fanning was on his board during a surf competition when the shark attacked.","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/WNT","id":"32557561","title":"Miraculous Video of Pro Surfer Escaping Shark Attack in South Africa","url":"/WNT/video/miraculous-video-pro-surfer-escaping-shark-attack-south-32557561"}