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‘We’ll get him home’: Hopeful father of schoolie critically injured in horror Bali crash

FIRST WITH BEN FORDHAM

A Newcastle teenager has ended up in a critical condition after a horrific crash while on schoolies in Bali.

The 18-year-old’s family said, in a statement, that Lawson Rankin chased after a driver who snatched a mobile phone from a friend on the back of another scooter.

His friends found him unconscious, face-down and in the sewer.

They performed CPR but he is yet to wake up.

Mr Rankin did not have an international licence to ride a motorbike, which means travel insurance will not cover his medical costs which could be well over $100,000.

The family have flown to Bali to be with him in hospital and raised more than $135,000 for Mr Rankin via a GoFundMe page.

His father, Phillip Rankin, tells Ben Fordham they should be able to bring him to Australia for treatment by early next week.

“It’s a nightmare… we’re organising medical evacuation as we speak.

“It’s minute by minute, breath by breath. It will be fine, we’ll get him home.”

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