A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with horrific injuries after being hit by a boat propeller while kayaking near Newcastle.
Emergency services were called to the boat ramp at Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, around 7am on Sunday.
They arrived to find a 46-year-old man with horrific injuries.
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It’s understood the man was kayaking when he was hit by a boat’s propeller.
Paramedics worked to stabelise the man at the scene before he was airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.
The man is believed to have sustained severe head, chest and arm injuries in the incident.
Police said he was flown to hospital in a serious condition.
The 26-year-old man at the helm of the boat was taken to Nelson Bay Community Hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
Police established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The boat has been towed and will be examined by specialist police.
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