SYDNEY (Reuters) – One man died and one other was in hospital on Saturday in Australia after a whale struck and flipped their boat throughout a fishing expedition, authorities stated.
Police stated one man was pulled unconscious from Botany Bay, off the coast of Sydney, and later died, whereas the opposite was taken to hospital in a steady situation, police stated.
“A whale has been concerned, whoever would have thought that that might have occurred, it is terribly tragic,” stated New South Wales Police Minister Yasmin Catley.
State Emergency Providers Minister Jihad Dib stated it was “an absolute freak accident”.
The boat “was prone to have struck or been impacted by a whale breaching, inflicting the boat to tilt, ejecting each males”, police stated in a press release. It didn’t determine the whale’s species.
Australia’s intensive shoreline hosts 10 giant and 20 smaller species of whales. Whereas human deaths brought on by whales within the area are uncommon, Australia and neighbouring New Zealand are scorching spots for mass whale strandings on seashores.
Eight Danes had been rescued in June when their sailboat capsized within the Pacific Ocean after a collision with one or two whales.