Dolphin leaps into boat: Dolphin Jumps Into Boat
Published: July 1, 2015
Dolphin leaps into boat: Dolphin Jumps Into Boat, An Orange County, California, family’s idyllic boating outing turned to chaos when a 350-pound dolphin crashed their cruise.
Dirk and Chrissie Frickman took their son Tristan, 12, and daughter Courtney, 16, out on their Boston Whaler boat on June 21, in celebration of the first day of summer, Father’s Day and the couple’s 18th wedding anniversary.
As they were wrapping up their day of celebrations and heading back into the harbor, the family was surprised when a pod of dolphins started swimming alongside the boat.
A majestic sight, the family cheered and leaned up along the bow of the boat to watch in wonder as the dolphins lept in and out of the water. No one was prepared for what happened next.
One of the dolphins jumped so high out of the water that it hit the railing of the boat, landing inside.
‘It hit my wife and knocked her over, and punched my daughter,’ Mr Frickman told the OC Register.
Knocked to the ground, Mrs Frickman started to scream in pain as the 350-pound dolphin flopped around on her legs – breaking both of her ankles.
Luckily her husband was strong enough to pull her out from underneath the frantic mammal, as the rest of the family sought shelter around the center console of the boat.
Unsure how to get the dolphin off of his boat, Mr Frick got back behind the wheel and started driving back into port, calling up the harbor police ahead of time as a warning.
They met a harbor police boat at the mouth of Dana Point Harbor and Mr Frickman says the officer was completely taken aback by the scene, saying ‘Oh, my god. I’ve never seen this before’.
Police then helped Mrs Frickman and her daughter onto their boat so that they could take them back to the dock where an ambulance was waiting.
Once off the boat, Mr Frickman headed back to the harbor all the while pouring water over the dolphin to keep it alive.
The dolphin continued to thrash around, splattering blood all over the boat from cuts to its nose and tail.
‘I could hear my phone buzzing and beeping on the floor – it was covered in blood,’ he said.
Back at the dock, Mr Frickman got some help tying a rope around the dolphin, which was used to lift the creature out of the boat and into the harbor waters.
Luckily, dolphins can survive hours outside of the water, and the family said it seemed fine when it was released back into the harbor waters.
‘The dolphin was hopefully saved,’ Mr Frickman said. ‘It swam away with no problem.’
While the dolphin appears to have escaped with relatively little harm, Mrs Frickman did not.
She sustained two broken ankles in the incident, and spent five hours in the emergency room. One was a clean break which will heal with rest but the other involved torn ligaments.
Mr Frickman has had to rearrange his work schedule to take care of his wife.
The owner of a security alarms business, he says his customers find it hard to believe when he tells them the story.
Though she is still healing from the accident, Mrs Frickman says she is just glad she was the only person hurt.
‘That dolphin could have crushed my kids so I’m glad it was me, but we are all completely traumatized!’ she wrote on Facebook.
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