Man speared by marlin 'returned to bowling club for a beer'
We all know a fisherman who may have once or twice stretched the truth, but Quentin and Nathan Peck have the battle scars to prove it.
After a day out spearfishing off Wooli yesterday, north of the NSW Central Coast, the brothers and a mate were heading back to shore when their inflatable rubber ducky crossed paths with a 100-kilogram marlin.
It was fish vs boat, in what has been described like a head-on crash.
“The fish has just launched, surprisingly in front of them and come over the bow of the boat and into the boat with them," Rick Knox, NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector - who treated the trio when they arrived back on land - said.
A beast of the sea, marlin are normally hard enough to hook, let alone wrestle with, but that’s exactly what the men from Narrabeen on Sydney’s Northern Beaches had to do.
“The boys fought with the marlin and the marlin ended up back in the ocean”, Stanley Young, boss of the Wooli Fishing Charter, said.
It was the fright and fight of their lives.
Quentin Peck, 46, suffered serious injuries when he was speared by the sword-like-snout.
Stanley Young watched as the men were treated on Wooli oval.
“A spear went into his arm and crushed him up against the side of the boat. It broke some of his ribs and one of his ribs has gone into his lung and tore the tendons out of his arm," Mr Young said.
Quentin’s older brother, Nathan, needed stitches but his first priority was to pop next door to the bowling club, with friend Andrew Sprott, who escaped unharmed.
“Next thing you know a bloke with a patched up back, a bandage on his back, comes into the club to have a beer and settle his nerves," said local Tony Walsh, who shared a drink with Nathan.
Quentin was airlifted to Coffs Harbour Hospital and then onto Royal North Shore where he has since undergone surgery.
The father is expected to make a full recovery.
When he’s well enough he and his brother will have a huge audience to share the almost unbelievable tale about the one that got away.
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