Sailor and dolphins rescue woman

nolatom

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I know not what others may think, but that story, evidently real, makes me feel happy.  

Remember the account of the Navy fighter pilot who lost instruments and instrument lights, leaving him no conventional way of finding his way to his carrier's deck?  But the phosphorescence in the ship's wake (which he'd not have seen if his instruments had been lit) led him "home"?  

This is similar, a non-human ocean phenomenon led to saving a life that would have been lost otherwise.  By a guy on his first sail with a new boat.

What're the odds??

 
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Israel Hands

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What're the odds??
There's the story of the SS Central America that foundered hundreds of miles off the Carolinas in a hurricane in 1857. Two ships showed up, one of which was inspired by seeing an osprey and heading in its direction. While most onboard died, hundred fifty people were saved.

 

sailman

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I know not what others may think, but that story, evidently real, makes me feel happy.  

Remember the account of the Navy fighter pilot who lost instruments and instrument lights, leaving him no conventional way of finding his way to his carrier's deck?  But the phosphorescence in the ship's wake (which he'd not have seen if his instruments had been lit) led him "home"?  

This is similar, a non-human ocean phenomenon led to saving a life that would have been lost otherwise.  By a guy on his first sail with a new boat.

What're the odds??
You mean the story Tom Hanks told as Jim Lovell?

 

SloopJonB

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Luck is a thing.

Some years back our favourite chef, Jurgen Schulte, was singlehanding his CS36 Merlin in the middle of Georgia Strait when he heard a voice calling for help.

He picked up another singlehander who had fallen overboard - this was like 15 miles from land in water where survival is measured in a few hours at best.

The guy had a fancy "My Hero" plaque mad up as a thank you and it was prominently displayed in Jurgen's restaurant.

 

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Saw this story in the LA Times. Apparently the girl does not want her name or likeness available to the public, at all.

 

shanghaisailor

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I have read too many stories/accounts/seen videos of cetacean's (whales & dolphins) interaction with humans to NOT do anything other than believe this was a deliberate act of the dolphins 

Marina biology was my original dream when at university - I just got side-tracked somewhere along  the way

 
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Fiji Bitter

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And the dolphin knew that, or not.

Or she knew that, or not...

And, would the dolphin have rescued her if she was not naked?

Asking for a would be marine biologist.

 
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Fiji Bitter

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I have read too many stories/accounts/seen videos of cetacean's (whales & dolphins) interaction with humans to NOT do anything other than believe this was a deliberate act of the dolphins 
Had to read this a few times to NOT do anything other than believe I got what you were saying.

And a good example of this is a famous bottlenose dolphin named Fungie, who spend most of his long life in Dingle on the Irish west coast. He came to greet us when we sailed into Dingle Bay and the story then was that he would only greet new visitors and not the regular local boats. And he was not interested in boats leaving either. It looks like he became a bit more of a showman over the years, from all the tourist boats chasing him, and the swimmers too. He disappeared just over a year ago, and probably died of old age, after setting a Guinness record of about 40 years of age. And just like Elvis he is still being sighted every now and then.

One of the nicest of many stories about him is this one:

https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/swimming-with-fungi-5338499-Mar2021/

And a short video:




 
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Israel Hands

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Saw this story in the LA Times. Apparently the girl does not want her name or likeness available to the public, at all.
I'm not sure it's realistic on her part to think that she can keep her identity out of the news.  It happened, and miraculously she was saved.

Even if it was a suicide attempt (and if so, why would she bother to strip off her clothes?), she obviously changed her mind in the end.  

An experience like that is going to be a life-changer. Sooner she realizes that, and doesn't try to hide it, the better.

 

Lark

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Perhaps she would prefer her husband not find out who she was skinny dipping with.   

 

LI_sailor

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I love this story, thank you!  In a world where most of the media focuses on fear .... its nice to read something else

 
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