Teen knocked out by whale

2011-06-27 10:00

Sydney - A teenager was recovering on Monday after being swiped by the tail of a whale that surfaced near his boat during a fishing trip off the Australian coast and knocked him out.

The Hall family took their dinghy out on Sunday morning just north of Brooms Head in New South Wales and were watching a large number of frolicking whales when one emerged from the water.

"It all happened within seconds," Drew Hall's mother Karen told the local Daily Examiner newspaper.

"I was sitting backwards in the boat looking at Drew and the tail just whacked him and sent him flying.

"I thought Drew was dead. I looked at him and thought he was gone - he was blue," she added. "He was totally unconscious. It took about five minutes before we could get him to move or make a noise."

They rushed the 13-year-old back to shore where they were met by paramedics who took him to hospital with a broken collarbone and an "egg" sized lump on his head.

Humpback and southern right whales migrate along Australia's east coast each year as they head north away from Antarctica to the more temperate, sub-tropical climates of north Queensland during June and July.

Last week two people were injured and their boat suffered extensive damage after it collided with a whale off the Brisbane coast.

  • Zee - 2011-06-27 10:28


      morentebo - 2011-06-27 11:05

      Next time they should use binoculars out of the water instead of a boat in the water glad the child is OK

  • zaatheist - 2011-06-27 11:09

    Idiots and liars. You can see whales from boats scores of metres away. In South Africa, and I presume Australia, there are laws prescribing the minimum distance a boat is allowed to approach a whale. Obviously these clots tried to get to close and suffered the consequences. Could have been a good one for a Darwin award.

      morentebo - 2011-06-27 11:10

      maybe they wanted to pose with whales

      Honest Dude - 2011-06-27 11:29

      You are asuming they saw the whale coming. We nearly got knocked over by a whale in false Bay, it surfaced right next to our boat.

      Blackpride - 2011-06-27 11:34

      @Honest Dude, the fact that its called 'False Bay' says it all, nothing there is real, maybe even the whale that almost knocked you over.

      Krolie - 2011-06-27 18:58

      @Blackpride, sounds like a sarcastic comment that can only come from someone that has only seen the sea on tv!

      Susannomore - 2011-06-28 12:16

      @Honest Dude - They knew they were there. They were too close - in a dinghy!

  • lollie sue - 2011-06-27 11:24

    Poor kid

  • marx - 2011-06-27 13:08

    Am I the only one who find this story hillarious? I know it could have been VERY serious. But, now it is just funny. What a story to tell the grandkids one day.

  • Claude - 2011-06-27 13:55

    A whale of a time was had by

  • Eugene - 2011-06-27 13:58


  • Grant - 2011-06-27 14:09

    Forget JAWS... They should make a horror flick called TAILS!! All we need is a yellow lilo, and the story is complete! :)

  • izaanb - 2011-06-27 14:12

    he wasn't having a whale of a time?

  • Calvin greenwood - 2011-06-27 15:49

    One has to remember that whales are unpredictable beasts....

      Krolie - 2011-06-27 19:00

      Perhaps a bit curious too

      Susannomore - 2011-06-28 12:17

      They also tend to get a bit "freaked out" by boats too close to them, when it is not on their terms.

  • Susannomore - 2011-06-28 12:15

    It is their own fault. Would you like someone coming into your lounge to watch you? They really should have recognised the dangers involved. No closer than 100m and caution to be displayed when 300m away from animals.

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