One of the men left seriously injured by a marlin while out fishing has performed a casual act after returning to the shore.
The brothers, aged 46 and 48, were on a five-metre rigid hull inflatable boat in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, north of Coffs Harbour on the NSW Mid-North Coast, when a marlin joined them on-board.
Nine News named the brothers as Quentin and Nathan Peck who were on board the vessel with their friend Andrew Sprott. Mr Sprott wasn’t injured.
The fish splashed aboard the vessel about midday Thursday while it was travelling at about 40km/h.
Nathan told News Corp the marlin jumped straight over the boat “like a bowling ball”.
"We barely even saw the fish coming. I was driving, the bill went through my shoulder, when it got to my brother it was sideways, and he took the brunt of the 100kg fish,” he told News Corp.
"I thought my brother was near dead."
Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s Michael Kerry told Nine News Quentin suffered a compound fracture to his arm with some nerve and tendon damage.
Quentin’s older brother was treated for a deep cut to his right shoulder.
But once Nathan was stitched up, he decided he was thirsty.
“Next thing you know a bloke with a patched up back, a bandage on his back, comes into the club (Wooli Bowling and Recreation Club) to have a beer and settle his nerves," resident Tony Walsh told Nine News.
Quentin was initially airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital where he was assessed.
He was then transferred, again by air, to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney where he remained in a stable condition on Friday afternoon.
His brother was taken to the Coffs Harbour hospital by road and discharged on Thursday night.
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