Breaking whale lands on fishing boat, seriously injuring teenager
An Australian teenager was seriously injured off the south coast of New South Wales on Sunday when a pierced whale fell on the fishing boat the boy was in.
CNN reported that Nick Myhill, 18, and his stepfather Matt, of Narooma, were on an early morning fishing trip off the coast of Narooma, about 200 miles south of Sydney when the incident s ‘is produced. Marine Rescue NSW received a distress call after the incident.
According to a Facebook post from the Marine Area Command – NSW Police Force, the “39-year-old skipper said his 18-year-old passenger suffered a serious head injury.” Although the ship took on water, the post said the older man, Myhill’s stepfather, told rescuers he was trying to get back to the boat launch.
The statement said paramedics who encountered the ship treated the two men before they were transferred to hospital. Myhill, who was later flown to the capital, Canberra, “remains in critical but stable condition” while his stepfather Matt was treated for facial lacerations and concussion at a local hospital .
The outlet cited a fundraising page created by Carmen Bartley, a family friend, who said the two “did what they loved.”
In a statement sent to CNN, the family said, “They haven’t had any warning and haven’t had time to respond. Nick and Matt were both injured. Matt was able to get them back to shore quickly, using VHF (Very High Frequency Marine Radio) to make a distress call en route, to arrange an ambulance to meet them on their arrival at the landing ramp. water. Matt’s actions undoubtedly saved Nick’s life, ”the report quotes.
Myhill has serious head and neck injuries and remains in a coma, the family said.
The statement said, “The extent of these injuries and the long-term implications are not yet known. Matt and Nick are seasoned fishermen, and it was an accident that could have happened to anyone, ”the outlet quoted.
CNBC noted that the family expressed their thanks to the medical professionals involved in the couple’s care, adding that: “Nick is a strong young man, and he fights hard.”
It is the whale migration season.
During the migration season, authorities have reportedly warned captains to keep their distance from whales, as there are laws prohibiting anyone approaching a whale on board a vessel from approaching unless 100 meters (328 feet).
The report quoted Marine Area Commander Superintendent Joe McNulty, who said in the Facebook post: “The incident demonstrates the dangers these mammals can pose to those on the water.”
McNulty further noted that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of whales migrating north in recent days, and reports received by maritime authorities say “they are traveling closer to the coast than in previous years.” , with the “potential for some spectacular whale watching.”
However, McNulty said: “We encourage anyone hoping to take a closer look to maintain a safe distance, as outlined in the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.”