Whale incident leaves teen in critical condition after boat breach
A teenager is fighting for his life with a broken neck and severe head injuries after a humpback whale landed on a fishing boat in New South Wales, Australia.
Despite escaping death, the young man’s family said in a statement to the Daily Mail that he is in a coma and they don’t know if he’ll ever wake up.
The family are also reported as saying ‘this was an accident that could have happened to anyone’.
Superintendent Joe McNulty says Maritime NSW has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“While inquiries are in their infancy, the incident demonstrates the dangers these mammals can pose to those on the water,” says McNulty.
“In recent days, the number of whales migrating north has dramatically increased, and maritime authorities have received reports they’re travelling closer to the coast than in previous years.
“Given the close proximity to the shoreline, there is potential for some spectacular whale watching, but we encourage anyone hoping to get a closer look to maintain a safe distance.”
It is believed the whale may have also been injured during the incident.
Authorities have urged skippers to be aware of their surroundings and maintain safe distances while on the water during this season’s migration.
Images courtesy of NSW Marine Police.