An Australian teenager is in a coma after being crushed by a whale breaking during a family fishing trip, according to a report.
The freak meeting took place on Sunday when the 18-year-old, identified as Nick, and his 39-year-old stepfather, Matt, were fishing from their boat off the coast of Narooma in New South Wales, 7News reported.
The impact left Nick with a broken neck and serious head injuries, the report said.
His stepfather suffered a concussion and cut in the face, but managed to bring the damaged boat back ashore.
Nick is in a coma at Canberra Hospital.
The duo “did what they love” when the tragedy struck, according to a GoFundMe page created by a family friend to help cover medical expenses.
“A terrible accident changed the course of their lives forever. “They had no warnings and had no idea that the whale was nearby,” the page said.
The family said they expect Nick to be in hospital for an extended period of time, according to a statement obtained by 7News.
“Nick is a strong young man and he is fighting hard,” the family said.