Watson's Bay e-bike crash: Australian Navy sailor Wade Franks, 28, is fighting ... trends now
Wade Franks, 28, is thought to have been out with friends and was riding to the Navy's training academy, HMAS Watson, when he lost control of the hired Lime e-bike.
The Midshipman was on a steep and winding bend on Old South Head Road at Watson's Bay about 1.30am on Sunday when the accident happened.
Local couple Brian Monkhouse and his trained nurse wife Sandy heard a loud, scraping noise from the road outside their house and went out to investigate.
Ms Monkhouse said she saw 'something lying on the road' and then realised to her horror that 'Oh, my God, that's a person, just motionless,' she told 9News.
A Royal Australian Navy sailor (pictured on the stretcher) is fighting for his life after crashing a Lime e-bike in the early hours of Sunday morning
Midshipman Wade Franks (pictured) is thought to have been out with friends and was riding to the Navy's training academy, HMAS Watson, when he lost control of the hired Lime e-bike
They immediately called 000 and did what they could until help, including paramedics, police and a rescue helicopter arrived.
At one point, Mr Monkhouse heard someone saying 'Hello, hello' and initially thought it was coming from up the street.
But he then realised it was coming from Mr Franks' phone, which was on his e-bike's handlebar.
A young woman had reportedly been on the phone to him.
The gravity of the injuries to Mr Franks was revealed in conversations between paramedics treating him at the scene.
'We need to fix that airway,' one ambulance officer is heard saying.
'You do the ketamine, I'll pop a collar on (to him),' another said.