Bodyboarder injured after dolphin hit

Source: ILLAWARRA MERCURY

UPDATED 12.45PM: A  bodyboarder has been airlifted to St George Hospital after being injured in a collision with a dolphin near Ulladulla on Monday.

The man, 27, suffered chest and pelvis injuries after the collision near Bawley Point at about 9am.

NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Wayne Dunlop said the force of the collision tore the man's wetsuit.

“He has come over a wave and as he did so, a dolphin has come through and hit him in the pelvic area,'' Inspector Dunlop said. 

Inspector Dunlop said as far as he was aware, the dolphin was able to continue on its journey.

The man was body boarding at a remote location known as Nuggen Point and it took paramedics about an hour to reach the patient who was able to make his way out of the water onto the beach.

Paramedics, police and NSW Fire and Rescue personnel were called to the scene, and stabilised the man before loading him onto a four-wheel drive ambulance, which became stuck in the soft sand.

He was taken by road ambulance to Milton Ulladulla Hospital where a helicopter was waiting to transfer him to St George Hospital.

Inspector Dunlop said as far as he was aware, the dolphin was able to continue on its journey.

The extent of the patient's injuries are unknown.

In July 2013 a surfer was hit by a whale’s tail at Bondi Beach. 

with Milton Ulladulla Times

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