A tragic incident occurred off the eastern coast of Australia on Saturday when a boat was struck by a whale, resulting in the death of one man and the injury of another, as reported by local authorities.
The incident unfolded at approximately 6:00 am local time (2000 GMT on Friday) in the waters near La Perouse, situated approximately 14 kilometers (nine miles) southeast of Sydney. When the whale struck the boat, both men aboard were thrown into the water.
The boat, a 4.8-meter runabout vessel, was left unmanned and began to circle in the water. Fortunately, individuals aboard a second boat noticed the unmanned vessel and promptly raised the alarm.
Emergency responders rescued the 53-year-old boat’s skipper from the sea near the scene. Paramedics provided immediate medical attention, and he was subsequently transported to a hospital, where authorities confirm he is in stable condition. Tragically, the other man involved did not survive the incident.