*Mick Fanning attacked by shark during live coverage of surfing event in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. He is fine.
Australian surfer Mick Fanning has survived a shark attack during a surfing event at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.
The unprecedented attack was broadcast live on television with Fanning remarkably coming out unscathed after he "punched him in the back".
The shark approached ominously from behind as Fanning sat on his board, before launching at him.
"I was just about to start moving and then I felt something grab [and] get stuck in my leg rope. And I instantly just jumped away and it just kept coming at my board. I was just started kicking and screaming. Wow!
"I just saw fin, I didn't see the teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me as I was swimming."
Commentators were shocked as they called the attack live on air, with one exclaiming "Holy sh*t! Excuse me." They described the moment later as "dramatic" and "frightening", saying it was the first time they had seen a shark attack a competitor during an event.
Fanning described the shark as "big enough". It was spotted half an hour after the attack, while there were unconfirmed reports of a second shark involved.