The stepfather of a teenager who is in a coma with a broken neck and catastrophic head injuries after being headbutted by a whale on a fishing trip has described the moment he saw a 'flash of white' fly out of the water.
Nick Myhill, 18, and Matthew Price, 39, were fishing in Narooma, on the far south coast of New South Wales, at 7.30 on Sunday morning when the 10-metre baleen whale leapt out of the water and hit the deck of their five-metre vessel.
The doting stepfather, whose quick call to marine rescue saved the young man's life, said there was a 'huge black shadow' before he saw a white belly soar from the ocean.
'I saw a flash of white, his belly, it was twice, maybe three times, the size of the boat and knocked the engine out,' he told the Daily Telegraph.
'There was a big loud crash, it was like a giant truck struck us side on.'
The enormous mammal headbutted Mr Myhill front-on and sent him flying to the back of the boat where he smashed the back of his head.