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Dolphin leaps onto boat, injuring California woman


  • A dolphin that leaped onto Dirk Frickman's boat and crashed into his wife, Chrissie, breaking both her ankles near Dana Point, Calif. on June 21. (Dirk Frickman via AP)

  • A dolphin that leaped onto Dirk Frickman's boat and crashed into his wife, Chrissie, on June 21 breaking both her ankles. (Dirk Frickman via AP)

  • Dirk Frickman, left, described how a dolphin leaped onto his boat on June 21 in Southern California, breaking both of his wife Chrissie's ankles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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SANTA ANA, Calif. » A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles.

Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. One of the animals jumped on the vessel, knocking Frickman over and landing on her legs.

"The dolphin jumped and we thought it was doing a flip and I guess it miscalculated," said her husband, Dirk Frickman. "It came right onto my wife and flopped in the boat and knocked down and grazed my daughter."

"The dolphin was flopping all over," he said. "It cut its nose and its tail. Blood started splattering everywhere."

Frickman pulled his wife free and called authorities as he headed toward an Orange County harbor. While he steered, he splashed water on the 350-pound dolphin to keep it alive.

"I could hear my phone buzzing and beeping on the floor – it was covered in blood," he told the Orange County Register.

At the harbor, Frickman removed all the seats from the boat and got help pulling the dolphin onto the dock with a rope.

"We got her up on the dock and pushed right back in the water," he said. "She was fine and took off pretty quick."

His wife is still recovering from her injuries.

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