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Stuart Collings and his brother-in-law Darren Curmi, 53, were on a boat in the waters of Sydney’s Botany Bay on Saturday morning when a whale breached the boat and sent the two men overboard, 9News Australia reported. Collings, 61, was knocked unconscious while Curmi, 53, kept him afloat for nearly 45 minutes until emergency crews responded to the bay. It was “an absolutely freak accident,” state Emergency Services Minister Jihad Dib said, according to Sky News. “It is likely that the boat was struck or struck by a whale, causing the boat to list and eject both men,” New South Wales Police said in a statement. Police were alerted to the terrifying scene when they received reports of an unmanned boat circling and seeing two men in the water. “At approximately 6am, water police responded to reports of two people in the water after an unoccupied boat was found circling in waters off Cape Banks at La Perouse,” NSW Police said, it’s a statement.
Stuart Collings was 61 years old.
Video captured the runaway boat jumping through choppy water. Paramedics loaded Collings into a rescue boat and performed CPR, but they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses helped Curmi out of the water before he was transported to a hospital in stable condition for follow-up, police said. People who were in the water at the time of the incident reported seeing several of the large marine mammals. “There are a lot of whales out there,” said acting police superintendent Siobhan Munro. “Stories of whales approaching boats are not unusual, something that is obviously caught quite frequently. So this is a tragic accident, but I guess it wouldn’t be… unexpected.” “We were fishing there and we heard a big bang early in the morning, and then we saw a boat capsize and something big come out of the water,” George Mourad told 9News. Detectives have launched an investigation and are awaiting a report from the coroner’s office. Last year, five women died when a whale collided with a bird-watching boat in the ocean in New Zealand. The remains of the five women were recovered inside the boat. They were part of a larger group of female bird watchers over the age of 50, according to reports of the September 2022 incident.