A GROUP of fisherman feared their boat would sink after they hit a whale off the West Australian coast, leaving one of the men with cuts to his face.
Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue received a mayday call from the vessel on Sunday afternoon, with the men reporting they had struck the animal at speed, were taking on water and in danger of sinking.
A rescue vessel was already in the water on its way to help another vessel with engine problems and was on the scene within 20 minutes.
The rescue crew escorted the damaged boat back to Batavia Marina about two hours after the impact.
Skipper Ryan Sattery said it was “like hitting a brick wall” and hurled the men from their chairs.
“Me mate goes, ‘oh look there’s a whale,’ and it just popped right up in front of us and we smashed straight into it,” he told the ABC.
Geraldton VMR said the condition of the whale was unknown.