Whale Tail Smack Knocks Out Boy, 13

But he's OK, except for a broken collarbone

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2011 12:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – When a humpback whale’s tail swung over a small boat in Australia, it knocked a 13-year-old boy unconscious—but he survived the onslaught, the Daily Examiner reports. “I was sitting backwards in the boat looking at Drew and the tail just whacked him and sent him flying,” said his mother. The tail smashed the boat’s windshield, and when she made it over to her son, “I thought he was dead,” she said.

The boy had been fishing off the 5-yard-long boat. “It took about five minutes before we could get him to move or make a noise.” Drew was taken to the hospital, where doctors identified a broken collarbone as well as bumps on his chest and head.

A humpback whale's tail hit a boy in Australia.
A humpback whale's tail hit a boy in Australia.   (Shutterstock)
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