An 18-year-old man from NSW is fighting for his life in a coma after he was crushed by a whale in a freak accident on the state’s south coast.
Friends Nick and Matt were fishing in waters off Narooma on Sunday when the whale surfaced and landed on their boat.
Both men were injured, but 18-year-old Nick was rushed to hospital in Canberra with a broken neck and severe head injuries. He remains in a coma.
Family friend Carmen Bartley said the pair had no warning and no idea the whale was nearby.
“At this stage, we don’t know when he will wake up, or how this has affected his brain,” Ms Bartley said in an GoFundMe appeal for donations to help cover Nick’s medical expenses.
Police on Tuesday issued an appeal for boaties to be alert, with whale migration season bringing scores of the animals to NSW waters.