Mick Fanning donates $75,000 to bodyboarder attacked by great white

August 3, 2015 | Surfing
Mick Fanning: helping shark attack victims | Photo: Red Bull

Mick Fanning donated the $75,000 Channel Nine's "60 Minutes" appearance fee to Mathew Lee, the bodyboarder who was severely injured in a shark attack, off Lighthouse Beach, in New South Wales, Australia.

The professional surfer revealed all details behind the Jeffreys Bay incident and even returned to the water (to spot another shark) at Hasting's Point, during the special report by "60 Minutes".

"We were sitting on there and then we sort of looked and we just saw a tiny little fin. You wouldn't believe it - yeah, I swear to God... it was a full shark, hey," said Fanning when he arrived at the beach.

The three-times world surfing champion knew Mathew Lee, 32, was attacked by a great white at Ballina, on July 2nd, and that he had undergone surgery on both legs. One month later, Lee is still recovering at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Fanning has also stood up against shark culling. "We're in their domain. To go out and chase them down, shoot them or kill them is not something that I would ever condone to do."

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