Man dead after whale strikes boat off Australia

SYDNEY - A man was killed and another injured after a whale struck a boat off the coast of eastern Australia on Saturday, police said. The two men were thrown from the boat when it was hit at about 6:00 am local time (2000 GMT on Friday) in the waters off La Perouse, 14 kilometers (nine miles) southeast of Sydney. People on a second boat raised the alarm after spotting the 4.8-meter runabout vessel unoccupied and circling, police said. The 53-year-old skipper was pulled from the water nearby, treated by paramedicsr-meter and taken to hospital, where he was in a stable condition, according to authorities. The other man, 61, was unconscious and died at the scene. The skipper had been trying to hold his boating companion “as close as he could” in an effort to save him, Water Police Acting Superintendent Siobhan Munro said. It is thought the whale had breached near or possibly onto the boat, she added, describing the collision as a “tragic accident”.

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