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A Dolphin Jumped Into A Boat And Broke A Woman’s Ankles On Her Wedding Anniversary

The mum of two suffered two broken ankles and underwent five hours of surgery after a dolphin jumped out of the sea and on to a boat.

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At first the Frickman family was delighted to see dolphins swimming alongside their boat. But then one jumped in, broke someone's ankles, and "punched" a 16-year-old girl.

The Orange County Register reported that the family of four was out sailing near Dana Point harbor, in Orange County, California, on 21 June, when the 350lbs dolphin jumped in to their boat.

The animal landed on Chrissie Frickman, crushing her legs. The boat became splattered with blood from injuries to the dolphin's nose and tail.

Her husband, Dirk Frickman, pulled her free. He told the OC Register: "It hit my wife and knocked her over, and punched my daughter.

"I could hear my phone buzzing and beeping on the floor – it was covered in blood."

The couple were celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary.

The family phoned the Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol, which sailed out to meet them.

#OCSDPIO: DP Harbor (6/21 - 4pm) Following assisting couple with dolphin on boat, deputies rescue family from boat.


As for the dolphin, the family sailed it back to shore, stopping every 30 seconds to pour water on it to keep it alive.

#OCSDPIO: Dana Point Harbor Dolphin story UPDATE - Dirk & Chrissy Frickman will also be available with deputy at 1pm

They used ropes to get it up to the dock, then untied it and let it go, as this video shows.

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Dirk told the OC Register: "From seven years watching them, dolphins have been so precise in their movements, but you just never know. Maybe you want to stay a bit farther away."

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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