It’s a miracle, says Mick Fanning of his great white shark escape

Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning says it is a miracle he escaped from his encounter with a huge shark without a scratch but showed signs of the psychological trauma he will have to deal with after his near-death experience.

The 34-year-old arrived in Sydney and faced an enormous media scrum on Tuesday afternoon before heading home to, as he said, give his mum a big hug.

“To walk away from a shark attack with not a scratch on you, it’s a miracle really,” Fanning said.

“I’m doing OK, I haven’t got a scratch on me. It’s more of an emotional, mental trauma right now.

“It’ll probably take a couple of weeks or months to get over. I don’t know.”
Fanning denied any suggestion he was a hero, saying he just did whatever he thought could get him away from the shark.
“I don’t know whether I punched it hard or just a couple of baby punches, but I just went into fight or flight really,” he said.
Fellow Australian surfer Julian Wilson, who was competing against Fanning and came to his idol’s aid, said: “At first I was frozen.
“Mick was looking at me, a big old fish popped up behind him. It was a lot bigger than him. I saw him start to get kind of manhandled by the shark and I was kind of freaking out.
“I wasn’t moving … trying to weigh up the situation. He was kind of getting wrestled off his board and then a wave came between us and I started paddling for him, just fearing for his life.”
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