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Surfer Mick Fanning reveals he ‘still has flashbacks’ to his encounter with a great white shark

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Retired Australian surfing hero Mick Fanning has revealed he still has flashbacks to the moment a shark attacked him on live television.  

Fanning was competing at the World Surf League Championship Tour in the J-Bay Open in South Africa in July 2015, when a great white launched at him. 

Despite returning to the water within a week, the three-time world champion said he still had mental scars from the encounter.

‘As a surfer you have (sharks) in the back of your mind but you never think it’s going to happen to you,’ Fanning told 7NEWS.

World-champion surfer Mick Fanning has revealed he still has flashbacks to the moment he was attacked by a great white shark while competing in South Africa in 2015 (pictured)

World-champion surfer Mick Fanning has revealed he still has flashbacks to the moment he was attacked by a great white shark while competing in South Africa in 2015 (pictured)

World-champion surfer Mick Fanning has revealed he still has flashbacks to the moment he was attacked by a great white shark while competing in South Africa in 2015 (pictured)

‘I consider myself extremely lucky. I still have flashbacks of coming up (for air) and I hear the splashes.’ 

Fanning opened up about his flashbacks as part of a documentary called Save This Shark, which once again see him come face-to-face with a shark.  

The retired champion said he had joined the documentary to get a better insight into why shark attacks have become more common in Australia. 

‘I wanted to understand why sharks are coming to home (Tweed Heads), growing up I never even thought about them then all of a sudden in the last five to six years they’ve been around,’ he said. 

After his lucky escape in 2015, Fanning said he thought it was the end of his life.

‘I thought I was going to die. I guess everyone watching on from the beach that day, and on the live broadcast all over the world, thought the exact same thing,’ Fanning told Stellar in 2019. 

Jet skis immediately came to rescue Fanning, who punched the animal in the nose as he made his escape.

Despite returning to the water within a week the three-time world champion (pictured with fiancee Breeana Randall) said he has mental scars and could still 'hear the splashes' from the attack

Despite returning to the water within a week the three-time world champion (pictured with fiancee Breeana Randall) said he has mental scars and could still 'hear the splashes' from the attack

Despite returning to the water within a week the three-time world champion (pictured with fiancee Breeana Randall) said he has mental scars and could still ‘hear the splashes’ from the attack

While he was on a water-safety boat he said he was laughing and chatting as the experience had been surreal. 

He knew how lucky he was to be alive when he arrived back to shore and hugged his friends which brought a ‘different feeling.’  

Since retiring Fanning has normally shied away from talking about the encounter and embraced being ‘unchained’ from the life of a professional surfing. 

‘I’ve loved the freedom of travelling, of being unchained to an event schedule. I’ve had more time to stop and enjoy the places and cultures I visit now,’ he said. 

A week after the attack, Fanning was back in the ocean and said he felt better as soon as he entered the water.

He revealed he doesn’t normally talk about the incident not because he is afraid but he has moved on.  

‘I’ve always considered myself a visitor to the ocean. We are aware of the dangers when we paddle out and make the choice to enter their realm.’   

The retired surfing champion (pictured) said he had joined a documentary called Save This Shark to get a better insight into why shark attacks have become more common in Australia

The retired surfing champion (pictured) said he had joined a documentary called Save This Shark to get a better insight into why shark attacks have become more common in Australia

The retired surfing champion (pictured) said he had joined a documentary called Save This Shark to get a better insight into why shark attacks have become more common in Australia

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Ipswich domestic violence survivor relives moment psychotic ex tried to massacre her family

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April Wilmot (pictured) narrowly escaped after her former partner set her mother's home on fire while she was inside with her family

April Wilmot (pictured) narrowly escaped after her former partner set her mother's home on fire while she was inside with her family

April Wilmot (pictured) narrowly escaped after her former partner set her mother’s home on fire while she was inside with her family

A brave domestic violence survivor has told how her ex-partner tried to massacre her family by ramming his BMW into her mother’s home before killing himself as he set the house on fire.

Father-of-four and unemployed banker Neil de Graaf, 37, crashed his car into the home in Ipswich, south-east Queensland, in November 2016 while his former partner April Wilmot, then 23, was inside.

De Graaf used jerry cans and a gas bottle to splash fire accelerant around the home and set it alight.

Ms Wilmot, her mother, her teenage brother and his girlfriend barricaded themselves in a bathroom and escaped with minor injuries – but her ex-partner suffered burns to 95 per cent of his body and died in hospital the next day.

Almost four years later, the young woman has revealed how in the hours leading up to the attack she had been pleading with him to take down photos he claimed were of her on a revenge porn website.

She said she had not seen him for a year after breaking up with him, but was drawn back in after being told by a mutual friend of theirs De Graaf was having a hard time.

De Graaf that day had posted a sexual photo claiming to be of Ms Wilmot - but actually of someone who looked like her - to a revenge porn website

De Graaf that day had posted a sexual photo claiming to be of Ms Wilmot - but actually of someone who looked like her - to a revenge porn website

De Graaf that day had posted a sexual photo claiming to be of Ms Wilmot – but actually of someone who looked like her – to a revenge porn website

‘My whole relationship with Neil was just me delaying, trying to figure out how I was going to navigate this to make that day not come,’ she told The Courier-Mail.

De Graaf posted the revenge porn after Ms Wilmot pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again.

He posted a sexual photo of someone who looked like her to the website and captioned the image with the young woman’s name, contact details and home address.

Ms Wilmot had pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again after a break-up - prompting him to share the photo

Ms Wilmot had pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again after a break-up - prompting him to share the photo

Ms Wilmot had pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again after a break-up – prompting him to share the photo

‘The last time I ever spoke to Neil was me pleading with him, begging with him “please take the post down, I don’t want to have to go to the police, but you’re giving me no choice”,’ she said.

That conversation came just hours before the attack at her mother’s home. 

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining severe burns in the fire and could not be saved by doctors. 

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining burns to 95 per cent of his body in the fire

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining burns to 95 per cent of his body in the fire

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining burns to 95 per cent of his body in the fire 

‘The gravity of the situation can not be understated, to be honest with you,’ Acting Inspector Heath McQueen said at the time.

‘We’re very fortunate today that we’re not standing here with a much worse [result] in that there could have been multiple persons deceased.’ 

The home’s second storey collapsed during the fire. 

The home's second storey collapsed during the fire and Ms Wilmot escaped with her family after barricading themselves in a bathroom

The home's second storey collapsed during the fire and Ms Wilmot escaped with her family after barricading themselves in a bathroom

The home’s second storey collapsed during the fire and Ms Wilmot escaped with her family after barricading themselves in a bathroom

Ms Wilmot has had to endure four years of therapy to help her move beyond the events of that night.

She warned others in violent relationships the danger signs are not always clear at first.

‘People say why didn’t she leave?’ she said. ‘People don’t realise that by the time you realise what this person is … it’s too late by then.’ 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, or know someone who is, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Delaware State University says Joe Biden was NOT a student there

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Joe Biden said last year that he kicked off his academic career at Delaware State University, a historically black university, but the institution has now denied that claim. 

The Washington Times reported that a spokesperson for Delaware State University said the Democratic presidential nominee was never a student at the school, but he did make two appearances for commencement speeches. 

‘Vice President Biden did not attend DSU,’ Carlos Holmes, Director of News Services, told the publication.

‘However he was the Commencement keynote speaker in 2003 and [2016], and during the former he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree.’

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Joe Biden (pictured) said at a October 2019 town hall event that he 'got started out of an HBCU' in reference to Delaware State University

Joe Biden (pictured) said at a October 2019 town hall event that he 'got started out of an HBCU' in reference to Delaware State University

Joe Biden (pictured) said at a October 2019 town hall event that he ‘got started out of an HBCU’ in reference to Delaware State University 

Delaware State University is one of 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) open in the US and is ranked No. 11 on the US News & World Report HBCU rankings.  

The institution sits about 50 miles south of the University of Delaware, where Biden graduated in 1965 after he double majored in political science and history. 

Biden made the declaration before the South Carolina Democratic primary – which he won by a landslide – during an October 2019 town hall event at Wilson High School in Florence

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Delaware State University (pictured) spokesperson: ‘Vice President Biden did not attend DSU. However he was the Commencement keynote speaker in 2003 and [2016], and during the former he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree’

The high school was founded in 1866 by the Freedmen’s Bureau for black children seeking an education after The Civil War’s resolution. 

‘I got started out of an HBCU, Delaware State — now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State. They’re my folks,’ Biden told the crowd.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Delaware State University for further comment. 

Pictured: Joe Biden

Pictured: Joe Biden

Pictured: Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen

Pictured: Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen

Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen (right) was brought onto the Advisory Council of the Biden Transition Team

This month, Biden and Kamala Harris appointed  Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen to serve on the Advisory Council of the Biden Transition Team. 

Allen, a former speechwriter in Biden’s Senate office, would help ‘to ensure the continuity of the government should the former Vice President win the November presidential election.’

In a statement on shared to Delaware State University’s website, Dr. Allen said he began working for Biden 23 years ago.

‘We met in 1997 when he took a chance on a young, single father completing his graduate studies and asked me to come work in his Senate office, as a speechwriter and a liaison to the City of Wilmington. 

‘What I didn’t know then was that he would become one of the primary catalysts to my life in public service.’

Dr. Allen added that working with on the Advisory Council was a privilege.

‘I could not be more honored and humbled by his invitation to offer counsel and perspective in an unprecedented moment in our nation’s history.’ 

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Joe Montana ‘wrestles his infant grandchild away from an alleged kidnapper’

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NFL legend Joe Montana and his wife were forced to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from an intruder who crept inside their California home, report said.

TMZ Sports reports that the frightening incident took place around 5pm on Saturday at a Malibu residence where the couple was staying.  

Authorities told the publication that an unidentified woman, 39, crept into the home through an unlocked door.  

Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured) reportedly had to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from a home intruder on Saturday

Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured) reportedly had to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from a home intruder on Saturday

Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured) reportedly had to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from a home intruder on Saturday 

The intruder reportedly happened across a woman holding a baby and, at some point, walked away with the child to a different part of the home.

It’s unclear who specifically was holding the child at that time.

TMZ Sports reports that the intruder was soon confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana, who both desperately wrestled to get the baby to safety.   

Authorities said woman, 39, gained entry into the home through an unlocked door, but was later confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured)

Authorities said woman, 39, gained entry into the home through an unlocked door, but was later confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured)

Authorities said woman, 39, gained entry into the home through an unlocked door, but was later confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured)

Joe Montana (pictured) was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989

Joe Montana (pictured) was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989

Joe Montana (pictured) was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989

Deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were in the area for an unrelated matter, but someone inside the home notified them of the incident.

The intruder fled the home, but was detained a few blocks away by authorities. She was charged with kidnapping and burglary.  

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for further comment. 

Montana, 64, was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989. 

He played a total of 16 seasons, during which he won the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. 

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