Man left floating off Fraser Island after whale sinks boat

A boatie has an incredible tale of survival to tell his mates, and he won’t have to lie about the size of the ‘fish’.

His boat was floating on the western side of Fraser Island, in Platypus Bay south of Hervey Bay, when it was hit a whale, around 3AM on Sunday.

The eight-metre vessel began taking on water and eventually sank, leaving the man floating alone in the water.


Thankfully he was wearing a lifejacket and managed to send out an alert.

According to a statement released by LifeFlight Rescue, a joint operation was saw him pulled to safety within 90-minutes of the distress call.

“The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked by Australian Search and Rescue (AUSSAR) at 3am this morning after reports a boat had struck a whale in the Platypus Bay area and was taking on water,” the statement explains.

“The helicopter arrived quickly on scene and within half an hour of the original call, spotted the single occupant of the boat, wearing a life jacket, floating in the water.

“The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew kept visual contact with man, while communicating with Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) and Queensland Water Police (QPS) who were both heading to the location.”

“The boatie was picked up by the QPS vessel and taken to the mainland, where he was met by Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) officers who took him to Hervey Bay Hospital.”

Incredibly, he only suffered minor injuries to his left arm and ribs.