Kayaker injured after being hit by a boat propeller

A kayaker has suffered serious injuries to his hand after it got stuck in a boat propeller in New South Wales.

The 46-year-old was kayaking at Shoal Bay, near Port Stephens before 7am on Sunday after he suffered serious injuries in what NSW Police said was a collision with a boat while in the water, NSW Police said in a statement.

The kayaker was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition with severe injuries to his right hand and forearm.

Shoal Bay, NSW. Source: Google Maps

 The 26-year-old driver of the boat was taken for mandatory testing by police with a crime scene also established and an investigation undertaken.

The boat will also be examined as inquiries continue.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.