Carmen Bartley, a family friend, set up a GoFundMe page to help support Nick’s family as they face the coming weeks and months.
She added that the incident happened very unexpectedly as the duo “were doing what they love” when the “freak accident changed the course of their lives forever”.
Ms Bartley also explained that Nick’s family are by his side in Canberra, which is hours away from their home and causing them financial difficulties.
Writing on the GoFundMe fundraiser, Ms Bartley said: “At this stage, we don’t know when he will wake up, or how this has affected his brain.
“Medical expenses will be a burden to them financially.
“Nick comes from a family of extremely hard workers, and they have never asked anyone for help.
“This fundraiser is to try and ease their stress financially at this time, so they can concentrate on Nick.”