Two men hospitalised after whale lands on boat near Narooma
This season’s whale migration has already seen a serious incident involving a recreational vessel on the NSW Far South Coast. With a significant increase in the number of whales migrating north through NSW waters, authorities are urging skippers to be aware of surroundings and maintain safe distances.
Emergency services were alerted to the incident just after 9 a.m. on Sunday 6 June, when the 39-year-old male skipper placed a mayday call to Marine Rescue NSW.
A breaching whale had landed on the deck of his boat and the vessel was taking on water. The skipper was able to navigate back to the boat ramp, where he and his stepson were met by paramedics.
The teen was airlifted to Canberra hospital with serious head injuries and a suspected lower spinal fracture. The skipper was treated at Moruya Hospital for a suspected concussion and cuts on his face.
Authorities believe the whale may have been injured in the collision. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and ORRCA are on the lookout for reports from the area and will provide assistance if they can.
The exact size and species of the whale is not known, but the majority of humpbacks in Australian waters are currently migrating north from June to August.
Anyone who sees a stranded, entangled or distressed whale is urged to contact NPWS on 1300 072 757.