Posted September 02, 2019 06:06:10A photo of a man on a beach in the inner-north of Sydney has been voted the first ever photograph of a person on the ocean.
The man, identified only as Mr X, is wearing a T-shirt that reads “I’m Not Dead” on the front and “I’ve Got A Million Reasons To Be Alive” on his back.
The photo was taken by photographer Daniel Dornan, who was filming in the northern suburb of Dandenong in December 2016.
Mr Dornans wife has been the victim of the same type of accident as Mr Dornancus and the couple has now decided to donate the photo to the NSW State Museum to help raise money for Mr Dorns condition.
“I’m not dead, I’m just a body,” Mr X told the ABC.
“I am just a person who’s gone through a terrible accident and it’s been very hard on my wife and children and our children.”
It’s just been hard enough to keep going with it but it’s getting better.
“We are hoping to raise enough money to buy a home and start a new life for myself.”
A member of the public snapped the image and shared it on social media.
“This photo is amazing,” he wrote.
Ms Dornán said her husband had been living on the Sunshine Coast for 20 years and was a great man.
“He has been there all his life and we have so many great memories with him,” she said.
A Facebook page called “Rest in peace, Mr X” has been set up for Mr X and is being used to spread the word about his condition.
“If anyone is in need of help, they can call Lifeline on 13 11 14,” the page says.
“The Australian Red Cross is offering to help.”
Mr Darnancus’ wife, Susan, also lives in the region.
She said her family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and would keep trying to make a difference.
“People will not accept anything less than what we’ve been through and I don’t want that to happen to anyone else,” she told the Nine Network.
“Our family has been through so much and we are just trying to get through this together.”