Man airlifted after collision with dolphin | Update
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 March, 2014 - Yesterday John Wolfson was struck by a dolphin while bodyboarding. He was hit so hard that he had to be airlifted to a hospital. What follows are more recent details about the collision. Experts say the impact would have felt like being hit by a motorbike. Mr Wolfson says the dolphin did not see him and ran into him by accident.
"I was in the way of the dolphin coming through the wave and he didn't see me. It wasn't intentional or anything like that," John Wolfson said. "I kind of felt bad for the dolphin. He's probably got a bit of a sore head. When does this ever happen? The odds have got to be ridiculous - amazing."
Marine biologist Professor Rob Harcourt says Mr Wolfson was very lucky he was not more seriously injured. "They could actually break your back, so he's very lucky," he said. "Dolphins can be quite aggressive. They do ram each other and they fight - males fight quite a lot - but I don't think this is the case of an aggressive dolphin."
Mr Wolfson is still in recovery at this stage but he wants to be back on his board as soon as he can.
Dolphins during an event at Cave Rock, South Africa © John Pauling
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 March, 2014 - John Wolfson was airlifted to hospital after a dolphin slammed into him as he was riding a wave at a remote beach. The 27-year-old man was on a bodyboard at Bawley Point, 250 kilometres south of Sydney, when the collision occurred.
"He had come over a wave and as he did so, a dolphin had come through and hit him in the pelvic area," New South Wales Ambulance duty operations manager Wayne Dunlop told the Deccan Chronicle. "The force has been enough to tear the patient's wetsuit."
The Herald Sun reported that Wolfson made it to shore but had to wait almost an hour in severe pain to be evacuated due to the spot’s remote location and the fact a 4WD ambulance got bogged in the sand. Witness and surf photographer Jason Corroto said the force of the collision shredded his mate’s wettie.was airlifted to a hospital in Sydney.