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Woman hit by flying dolphin

A woman on the bow of a boat was hit by a dolphin that was jumping in the air. She is critically injured as is a second woman hit by flying debris as the dolphin hit the cabin of the boat.

A 27-year-old woman has been seriously injured after being hit by a leaping dolphin while watching a group of the mammals swimming off the east coast of Coromandel Peninsula.

The woman was sitting in the bow of a runabout off Slipper Island - 5km off the coast from Tairua - about 2.30pm yesterday when it appeared a dolphin miscalculated its leap out of the water.

"The dolphin leapt on to the bow of the boat, while people had been watching the dolphins. Unfortunately it landed on the woman," Tairua police constable Richard Jellyman said.

The woman was flown to Auckland Hospital's intensive care unit in a serious condition.

Another woman on the boat was also hit by the dolphin and suffered minor cuts and bruises when she went through the boat's windscreen.

The dolphin swam off unharmed.

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By netchicken: posted on 27-12-2006

It seems being under water is safer than being on top!
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 27-12-2006

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