A 61-year-old man died and another was injured after a whale allegedly crashed and capsized the boat where they traveled. The men were on a fishing expedition in Australia, police sources reported.
The incident occurred at 06:00 local time, when the Aquatic Police responded to an emergency two people who were in the water after his boat suffered an accident in the coastal region of La Perousein the suburbs of SydneyThe New South Wales State Police explained in a statement.
Authorities believe that the boat, about 4.8 meters long, capsized because "it crashed or was hit by a whale", which "caused the boat to tilt and catapult both men" into the sea.
When they arrived at the scene, the security elements saw two unconscious men floating in the water and carried out the rescue.
One of the individuals, 61, was pronounced dead after "Attempts to revive him failed.", while the second victim, a 53-year-old man, was rescued alive and treated by paramedics who transferred him to an area hospital in "stable condition."
"Detectives have begun an investigation into the incident," the statement said.
The extensive Australian coast is home to nearly 30 species of whales and, although human deaths caused by these giant cetaceans are rare, strandings of these animals are common both on the beaches of Australia and those of neighboring New Zealand.