Shark Attack Survivor: 'I Tried to Punch It'
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British Surfer Darren Mills says that when a shark attacked him off New Zealand, he thought 'I ain't getting in a bath tub again.' Mills, recovering from his injuries, now says he loves surfing and can't wait to do it again. (Feb. 10)

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SHOTLIST:SOURCE - TVNZ - MANDATORY ONSCREEN CREDIT TVNZ, NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDInvercargill, New Zealand - 9 February, 20141. Mid/zoom to Mills' injured leg2. SOUNDBITE (English) Darren Mills, Shark Attack Survivor: "I was paddling back sort of across the back of the surf and felt a big thump from the shore side..."---Porpoise Bay, New Zealand - 9 February, 20143. Wide, Ocean wavesInvercargill, New Zealand - 9 February, 20144. SOUNDBITE (English) Darren Mills, Shark Attack Survivor: "And then I looked around and sort of, saw a shark clamp down, and when it hit me and sort of pushed me out and around a wee bit and.. yeah... I sort of realised what was going on and I could see it and tried to punch it but it was more like a push and I managed to get into shore and I pretty much .....(becomes emotional). It was really scary, you know."5. Close, hospital monitor6. Close, Bandaged knee7. SOUNDBITE (English) Darren Mills, Shark Attack Survivor:"There's a puncture wound just below my knee, which has gone through a tendon and then there's four lacerations up my leg up to top of the thigh here." Porpoise Bay, New Zealand - 9 February, 20148. Wide, Ocean waves9. SOUNDBITE (English) Darren Mills, Shark Attack Survivor: "When it first happened I was like 'I ain't getting in a bath tub again."10. Mid, surfboard5.SOUNDBITE (English) Darren Mills, Shark Attack Survivor:"I love it you know, I just want to get back and just surf again, you know. STORYLINESTORYLINE A British surfer has told New Zealand television how he fought off a shark that attacked him while he was surfing off the coast of New Zealand's South Island. Darren Mills, who according to media reports now lives in Queenstown, said he was surfing around 50 metres (164 feet) off Porpoise Bay on Friday evening when a shark attacked him. The 28-year-old said he thwarted the attack by punching the animal - thought to be a Great White Shark - but said it was a frightening experience. "I was paddling back sort of across the back of the surf and felt a big thump from the shore," he told TVNZ. "It was scary," Mills said. "I looked around and sort of, saw a shark clamp down, and when it hit me and sort of pushed me out and around a wee bit and.. yeah... I sort of realised what was going on and I could see it and tried to punch it but it was more like a push and I managed to get into shore .... It was really scary, you know." Mills was left with injuries to his leg and was receiving medical treatment at Southland Hospital in Invercargill. Despite his ordeal, Mills said he feels "really really lucky" and while initially he was scared to even get in a bathtub, now he can't wait to get back into the water. "I love it you know, I just want to get back and just surf again,"said Mills from his hospital bed.