Shark Attack Surfer Hails 'Superhero' Pal Who Swam to Aid

Three-time world champion surfer Mick Fanning paid tribute Tuesday to a "warrior" surf buddy who came to his aid as he fought off a shark during a competition airing on live TV.
Fanning, 34, was competing against Julian Wilson at South Africa's J-Bay Open on Sunday when he punched the shark after it attempted to pull him underwater by his foot rope.
"At that stage I was just screaming and telling Jules to 'get in,'" Fanning told a press conference in Sydney, Australia. He said the 26-year-old Wilson was a "warrior" for "coming after me."
Asked by reporters if Wilson was a superhero, Fanning added: "Yeah, he's a superhero."