Two men have been seriously injured after a fish weighing between 80 and 100 kilograms soared out of the ocean and landed in their boat.
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.
One brother had his lower right arm sliced open by the fish’s sharp snout, causing an open fracture. The other man suffered a deep cut to his right shoulder, NSW Police said.
The fish splashed aboard the vessel, which was carrying a third man aged 46, about midday while it was travelling about 40km/h.
The fish scrambled its way out of the vessel seemingly unharmed before police and the Marine Area Command came to the rescue of the men.
A Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted the younger brother to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital and the other was taken by Ambulance to Grafton Hospital.
Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Members of the Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team along with NSW Ambulance Paramedics treated both patients during the commute.
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