Bishan Rajapakse, a 38-year-old doctor from Bondi, was knocked unconscious for 10 seconds when he was struck by a whale, thought to be a southern right, while surfing at Bondi Beach on Sunday morning.
The surfer was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital and is in a satisfactory condition. “It was a near drowning,” said Gordian Fulde, director of the emergency department at St Vincent’s. “But he has no broken bones. He will probably go home tomorrow.”
Surfer knocked unconscious as whale tosses boarders at Bondi Beach