Flipper freaks out and breaks arm of surfer

Non-attacking dolphin © Camille Ménard

Water Safety

Dolphin smashes into West Oz surfer during busy sea life session

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 July, 2013 : - - Troy Robinson always felt safe when dolphins swam nearby, until a close encounter at a Margaret River beach recently left him with a broken arm. 'I was surfing at Ellensbrook by myself and there were heaps of dolphins around me, about 30,' he said. 'It was amazing, they were so close.'

But as the water got foamy and a group of them began coming towards him on a wave, Troy realised he might be in trouble. “Next minute, I ducked dived under and it was like a torpedo hit me,” he said. “I think [a dolphin went to jump] and it came up under me. He said the dolphin was about 6ft long and “solid”.

“It put a hole in my board and you can see where it scraped its nose along it.” His left arm also took a beating, snapping one of the major bones. With one completely useless arm, Troy resurfaced and paddled himself to shore with his good arm.

 “At first I thought the bone was sticking out,” he joked. “It was painful but not as bad as I thought. Some guys on the beach saw me struggling and came to help.”

He drove to Bunbury Hospital where he stayed overnight and had surgery to reconstruct the bone with a metal plate. He said while it was almost unheard of, he had learned of two similar cases in the state since; one man has broken ribs from a dolphin swimming into him and another was injured when a dolphin landed on his legs.

“Maybe it’s mating season or something but they seem to be really hyped up,” Troy said.

Read the full story at Margaret River.com

Source: Margaret River

Author: Zannia Yakas

Tags: Sharks, Dolphins, Marine Life Attack

Safety: Surfersvillage

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