HUGE WHALE SINKLE 44-FOOT SAILBOAT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, BUT EVERYONE SURVIVED
I’ve always wanted to do a private adventure cruise in the wide-open ocean. It’s the best way to get away from it all and let the fresh salt air clear all the modern cobwebs. But this story is enough to make anyone think twice about the idea, even if the odds of it happening again seem rather slim, at best. 4 friends, including Rick Rodriguez of Tavernier, Florida, were enjoying their escape on a 44-foot sailboat the Raindancer when a huge whale literally sank their ship in the middLe of the Pacific Ocean. They were 13 days into a three-week trip, going from the Galapagos Island to French Polynesia.
HUGE WHALE COLLIDED WITH SAILBOAT THE RAINDANCER WHEN FRIENDS WERE HAVING LUNCH
They were in the middle of lunch on march 13th when everything went sideways, literally. Rodriguez, explained, “The second pizza had just come out of the oven, and I was dipping a slice into some ranch dressing. The back half of the boat lifted violently upward and to starboard.” Others on the Raindancer were tossed around like taffeta when the whale collided with them. But each of them saw from their own locations that a huge whale was the culprit. One of them, Alana Litz, said, “I saw a massive whale off the port aft side with its side fin up in the air.”
AS HUGE WHALE DISAPPEARED, THE CREW SCRAMBLED FOR SUPPLIES, LIFEBOAT AND MADE MAYDAY CALL
Just 5 seconds later, an alarm started sounding, the warning that the Raindancer was filling with water. The crew quickly sprang into action, getting emergency supplies ready. Rodriquez raced to place a mayday call on a VHF radio, and dispatched the emergency position indicating radio beacon, the distress call that is connected to the worldwide rescue network. The huge whale was already gone. The crew then launched a dinghy and the Raindancer’s lifeboat. The had enough water for a week. But they didn’t have enough time to grab their passports. Fortunately for them all, they only spent 10 hours drifting alone before they were rescued.
They clearly had a huge whale of a time, with a story to last a lifetime.