“Ryan’s journey back to health is going to be a long one needing ongoing care, rehabilitation and physiotherapy”
The champion Newcastle surfer Ryan Duck, 35, is in a critical condition after being choppered to hospital and undergoing two major surgeries following his alleged stabbing a little after midnight on Monday night.
Duck, a drop-knee bodyboarder who ain’t afraid to chase overhead barrels, was allegedly attacked and stabbed around midnight while he was fishing with pals at Pacific Palms, an insanely gorgeous cluster of beaches three-and-a-half hours north of Sydney.
Police arrested a man, also 35, five clicks away at six am.
He was taken to Forster police station and charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The offence carries a penalty of up to twenty-five years in the living hell we call prisons.
Ducky’s pals have set up a GoFundMe with twenty-three gees raised in less than a day, more than doubling the ten gees target.
The Berry Bro’s who organised the fundraiser wrote,
Ryan’s devoted partner Sophie, family and friends have been traumatised by this malicious and callus attack which nearly stole their beloved ‘Ducky’, soon father to be.
Ryan has come out the other end of this terribly horrific event but his recovery is only just beginning and he has a huge road ahead of him to get back to 100%. Ryan is going to need ongoing care, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and to be off work for several months until he can be back on his feet and regain mobility and strength.
Berry Brothers would like to do what we can to support Ryan and Sophie as they only just begin Ryan’s journey to recovery. With a mortgage over their heads, a baby on the way and on-going care for Ryan, whatever we can spare to support him and his family will go a long way to help one of Newcastle’s most beloved blokes during this time. We love you Ryan. You’ve got this, and we are all behind you.