Close encounters of the shark kind - six survival stories

2015-07-20 17:13
Mick Fanning gives an interview after his brush with a Great White during the J-Bay Open. (Youtube)

Mick Fanning gives an interview after his brush with a Great White during the J-Bay Open. (Youtube)

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WATCH: 'I punched it' - surfer describes near miss with J-Bay shark

2015-07-19 16:40

After being pulled out of the water after a shark knocked him off his board, pro-Australian surfer Mick Fanning describes his near miss with the animal during the J-Bay Open finals. Watch.WATCH

Durban - On Sunday professional surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a Great White shark. He was lucky to fend off the animal by punching it as it bit through the leash affixing his surfboard to his ankle. Here are six other times ocean goers lived to tell the tale. 

Buffelsbaai – June 28 2015: A man in his early twenties lost a leg in a shark attack while surfing. Medics reported that people who were with him in the water loaded him onto a surfboard and brought him to shore.

Plettenberg Bay – June 27 2015: Surfer Dylan Reddering, 23, survived a brush with a three-metre Great White while surfing, emerging from the incident with only severe tissue damage on the right side of his body. He kicked and beat the shark away while trying to swim to shore.

Port St Johns – May 3 2015: Backpacker tour operator Mathieu Dasnois, 29, who had organised a sightseeing trip for clients, had taken to the water to test a new face mask when he unexpectedly met a White shark at least four metres long. The shark grabbed his hand when Dasnois tried to fend him off. The boat went to his aid but the shark breached from underneath and pulled him away with Dasnois’ foot in his mouth. He managed to get his foot free and escaped when the shark tried to breach again.

Nahoon Beach – January 23, 2015: A bather was bitten on the foot by a Ragged-tooth shark while swimming in the surf. He was treated at the scene by lifeguards and was expected to make a full recovery.

Muizenberg Beach – August 1 2014: A surfer was badly injured when he was attacked by a shark while in the breakers at the popular Cape Town beach. He sustained severe lacerations to his lower limbs and had to be airlifted from the scene.

Fish Hoek – September 29 2011:  A 43-year-old man, Michael Cohen, lost a leg when he was bitten by what was thought to be a Great White shark. The Briton had allegedly ignored warnings from shark spotters and insisted on bathing anyway. At the time, News24 reported that the shark alarm could not be sounded because of a city-wide power failure.

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