A man has spent two hours in the water after his eight-metre boat struck a whale and sank in waters 37 kilometres off Queensland’s Hervey Bay.
The 45-year-old man, the lone occupant onboard, was able to activate his emergency beacon after the incident just before 3am on Sunday.
Two hours later rescue helicopters and water police found him floating in the water and he was taken to hospital with arm and rib injuries and hypothermia.
“It was a little bit difficult to actually get him into the vessel (because of his injuries),” Hervey Bay Water Police officer Senior Constable Craig Collings said.
“He was quite fatigued and relieved at the same time.”
The cruiser, which was found washed up on Fraser Island, could not be salvaged. Whatever it hit has not been spotted.
Marine Rescue Volunteer Jill Barclay said had the man not been wearing his lifejacket, it could have been a very different result.
“He had a number of injuries… the cabin is basically gone, the hull is just left there now,” she told 7 News.
It is not known what kind of whale hit the man’s boat, police said.