Local Couple Almost Killed By Whale - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Couple Almost Killed By Whale

SANDPOINT, Idaho. - A trip to Mexico a couple years ago almost turned deadly for Donna Foth and Darryl O'Sickey. They were sailing Tenacatita in between Puerto Vallarta when something unexpected hit their boat. "I saw the fins of a humpback whale," Foth recalls.


It was a 80,000 pound humpback whale that had collided with their sail boat. Foth told us, "We saw a fin on one side, and that pushed our boat up and down a couple times."


She said it only lasted about 20 seconds, but Foth and O'Sickey said it felt like forever.
"It felt as though we may not survive," Foth said.


O'Sickey was thinking about the other person in the boat. "[I was] thinking about Donna, about myself, and for several days afterword, I would wake up in the middle of the night thinking I was dreaming that she had fallen in the water and gotten crushed by the whale," O'Sickey said.


The couple's boat was destroyed in the accident, but they bought a boat that the couple sails on almost every day on Lake Pend Oreille.


The whale was most likely not hurt in the accident. Foth said that there was no blood in the water, and no part of the animal on their boat.

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