Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Australian surfer Mick Fanning was pretty much already considered to be the essence of cool after explaining that he punched an attacking great white shark in the back in order to escape its attack during a live televised surfing event in South Africa two weeks ago. Now, the legend of Fanning’s awesomeness continues, as the Australian website Triple M has reported that Fanning, who was miraculously unscathed after his run-in with the shark, has donated his $75,000 speaking fee from appearing on “60 Minutes Australia” to a body boarder that was attacked by a great white last month.
Matthew Lee, 32, was in the waters off a beach in Ballina, Australia last month when a great white attacked his legs while he was body boarding.
In addition to Fanning’s donation, David Gyngell, head of Australian TV’s Nine Network, donated $25,000 from his own pocket to Lee, putting the total donated to Lee’s costs for surgeries and rehabilitation at a cool $100,000.
A Facebook group set up for to help organize fund raising events for Lee’s recovery publicly thanked Fanning for his donation, saying “Mick Fanning and David Gyngell, no words can describe how grateful we are for the generous donation.”