A South Coast teenager who was struck by a breaching whale is in a coma, suffering a broken neck and severe head injuries.
A fundraising page has been created by Carmen Bartley who says the teen's family has been doing it tough since the freak accident on Sunday, June 6.
Nick, aged 18, was fishing with his stepfather Matt, just off the coast of Narooma when a whale breached and landed on their boat.
"They were doing what they love, what they have done hundreds of times before - early morning fishing off the coast of their home town Narooma," Ms Bartley said.
"A whale surfaced from under the water, and landed on their boat.
"They had no warning and no idea the whale was nearby."
The pair were treated by paramedics at Apex Park boat ramp, and were rushed to hospital.
Ms Bartley said Nick was currently in a coma, with a broken neck, and severe head injuries.
"At this stage, we don't know when he will wake up, or how this has affected his brain," she said.
Ms Bartley is a friend of the family and said they needed financial help.
"They are having to stay hours away from their home to be with Nick," she said.
"Medical expenses will be a burden to them financially. Nick comes from a family of extremely hard workers, and they have never asked anyone for help."
"We are all praying Nick makes a full recovery, but in the meantime, this family needs our help! Please donate and share."
To visit Nick's GoFundMe page, CLICK HERE.
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