Professional surfer Mick Fanning was competing in the finals of the J-Bay Open in South Africa when the unbelievable happened—a great white shark attacked him in the middle of the last heat.

In the clip below, you can see the 34-year-old Australian man catch a glimpse of a shark fin behind him and then start frantically kicking to escape the beast.

The competition, which was being broadcast live across the world, was immediately halted as medical and patrol watercraft swooped in to pull Fanning to safety.

According to the World Surf League, Fanning and fellow finalist Julian Wilson (who was also in the water for the final heat but cannot be seen in the clip) were pulled uninjured from the water. The remainder of the competition was called off.

Following discussion with League officials, Fanning and Wilson opted to share a second-place ranking on the leaderboard and attendant prize purse.

Image is a screenshot of video by World Surf League on YouTube

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