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Australian surfer knocked unconscious by whale

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 00:55

July 7 - A whale knocks out a surfer off the shore of Australia's famous Bondi Beach. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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A surfer was knocked unconscious by a whale at Australia's famous Bondi Beach on Sunday, local media reported. Australia's Seven Network captured aerial vision, shot from a helicopter, of a whale swimming in the waters off the shore of Bondi Beach shortly after the incident took place. Bishan Rajapakse was surfing with a friend at one of Sydney's most popular city beaches on Sunday morning when he saw a whale near him in the water, local media said. The 38-year-old told reporters he was stunned being so close to the marine mammal, adding the next thing he remembered was waking up on the sand. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SURFER BISHAN RAJAPAKSE, SAYING: "I just remember this magnificent whale slowly coming to the right of me and coming for another look, and, you know, I just kind of felt like talking to it like a dog or an animal, and say 'hey', you know, that was it. Maybe it was giving me 'high five', I don't know." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYDNEY BUSINESSMAN, LACHLAN HARRIS SAYING: "Look, you just saw basically surfers, surfboards, swimmers thrown into the air like Skittles, I've never seen anything like it. It was like they were soft toys getting thrown around the cot by a whale, and, you know, the whole beach sort of gasped basically." Rajapakse was released from hospital later on Sunday, local media said.

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Australian surfer knocked unconscious by whale

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 00:55