Teen in coma after breaching whale lands on fishing boat

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A whale breached a small fishing boat and sent an Australian teenage passenger into a coma.

As CNN reported, Nick Myhill, aged 18, received severe head and neck injuries when the breaching whale fell onto the boat off the south coast of New South Wales (NSW).

Myhill’s 39-year old stepfather, Matt, said he tried to navigate the boat back to the ramp, though it was taking on water. Paramedics reached the boat first.

Due to his injuries, Myhill was airlifted to the capital, Canberra, where he remains in critical but stable condition. The stepfather remained at a local hospital with a concussion and face lacerations.

The family thanked the rescuing officials, and noted that, "Nick is a strong young man, and he is fighting hard."

They further extolled the stepfather’s quick thinking in light of his own injuries.

"They had no warning, and no time to react… Matt was able to quickly get them back to shore, using the VHF (very high frequency marine radio) to make a mayday call on the way, to organize an ambulance to meet them on arrival at the boat ramp,” the family said in a statement to the outlet. “Matt's actions no doubt saved Nick's life."

The two men, from Narooma, have gone fishing many times, but never experienced anything like this.Authorities are reminding other such skippers that this is whale migration season, and to stay away from these waters.