Fanning Donates $75k Appearance Fee to Shark Attack Survivor

Fanning: Unlucky, But Lucky
Safely back in Australia, Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson held a press conference to discuss the shark encounter at the J-Bay Open.

Just weeks after Mick Fanning (AUS) encountered a shark at the J-Bay Open, he donated a $75,000 television appearance fee to recent shark attack victim Mathew Lee.

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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lee was mauled while bodysurfing at a Ballina, Australia, beach in early July. He underwent surgery and is on the road to recovery.

Fanning, Back in the Water
Mick Fanning joins The Mad Hueys and friends for a surf session before he gets back in the jersey. Video courtesy of The Mad Hueys.

During an interview on Australian Channel Nine's 60 Minutes, Fanning said he was "shattered" to hear the news about Lee. Channel Nine executive David Gyngell announced that he'd donate an additional $25,000 to Lee's treatment and rehabilitation.

According to the The Guardian, Lee's family posted a statement of gratitude after the announcement. "Mick Fanning and David Gyngell," they wrote. "No words can describe how grateful we are for the generous donation."

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Fanning and Julian Wilson (AUS), who was also in the water during the shark incident, emerged unscathed. They will surf next at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, which will stream LIVE daily starting Friday, August 14 at 7:30 a.m. local time.