Mom of surfer attacked by shark: I 'thought we'd lost him'

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Mom of Surfer Attacked by Shark: I 'Thought We'd Lost Him'

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A surfer's mother has described the terrifying moment she watched a shark attack him live on TV.

Elizabeth Osborne said she couldn't believe it when a black fin appeared behind her son, Mick Fanning, at a competition in Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape in South Africa on Sunday.

"I jumped up and ran to the TV," Elizabeth Osborne said. "My instinct was to rescue him."

She watched helplessly as her son disappeared beneath the surface of the water.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," she said. "He went down... [I] thought we'd lost him."

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But he was able to punch and kick the shark. He could be seen swimming frantically away from the shark and was rescued by a jet-ski.

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Mom of surfer attacked by shark: I 'thought we'd lost him'
In this image made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP) 
The moment Mick Fanning was attacked by sharks in South Africa on Sunday, July 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy: World Surf League)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning sits on board a rescue boat after being pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP) 
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning clambers on board a rescue boat after being pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP) 
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
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In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Australian surfer Mick Fanning competes during the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf contest in Supertubos beach, Peniche, central coast of Portugal. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
Hawaiian surfer Mick Fanning competes in the 2015 Oi Rio Pro World Surf League competition at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Australian surfer Mick Fanning competes during the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf contest in Supertubos beach, Peniche, central coast of Portugal, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Fanning won the contest after defeating Jordy Smith, from South Africa, in the final. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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"I turned around to make sure it wasn't following me," he said.

Incredibly, his rival Julian Wilson starting swimming towards Fanning after the attack.

Osborne, who was watching from her home in Australia, said people from around the world have reached out to her.

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"It shows me how much he's loved," she said through tears. "He's a beautiful person."

Immediately after the attack, Fanning said he wasn't sure he'd get back in the water – but after calming down, he's changed his tune.

"I'll surf again," he said.

Following the close call, organizers of the J-Bay Open, which is part of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour, called off the rest of the competition.

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