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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. -

What started out as a nice, leisurely Father's Day boat ride for the Frickman family of in Orange County, California ended with a blood-covered boat and two broken ankles. 

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says the family was heading back to the Dana Point Harbor on June 21 when they came across a pod of dolphins. The entire family, Dirk, his wife Chrissie, and their kids Tristan,12, and Courtney, 16, were enjoying the sight of the dolphins and cheering. But that's when the chaos began. 

One of the dolphins leaped out of the water, hit the rail of their boat and flopped right inside with the family. That may sound like fun, but when you have a 350 pound dolphin freaking out on your boat, it can get messy. And it did. 

“It hit my wife and knocked her over, and punched my daughter,” Dirk Frickman recalled. Punched his daughter. Yeah. 

Frickman knew there was no way to get the dolphin off the boat, so he radioed Harbor Patrol and told them he was coming in fast. 

Dirk's wife, Chrissie, was screaming in pain as the dolphin flopped on her legs. Dirk pulled her out from beneath it. Both of her ankles were broken. 

Once they met Harbor Patrol, the first words out of the responding deputy's mouth were, "Oh, my God. I've never seen this before." Chrissie was writhing in pain, the dolphin was thrashing around and the boat was covered in blood. They got the boat into the dock, got Chrissie in an ambulance and sent her off to the hospital, but they still had the dolphin in the boat. 

The entire time during chaos, Dirk was pouring water on the dolphin to keep it alive, even though it just punched his daughter (on a personal note, that might be my favorite sentence that I've ever written). The dolphin had cuts on its tail and nose from thrashing around and soon the boat looked like a gruesome murder scene. 

Eventually, they were able to get a rope around the dolphin, get it out of the boat and released it in the water. 

“The dolphin was hopefully saved,” Frickman said. “It swam away with no problem.”

Dirk's wife Chrissie is still recovering. One of her ankles was a clean break and the other had torn ligaments surrounding the break. 

Dirk has rearranged his work schedule to care for his wife, but when he tells his customers the reason, they are in awe. 

“It’s totally bizarre; no one believes it,” he said.

Harbor Patrol Sgt. DJ Haldeman, who confirmed the incident, said he’s heard of sea lions jumping onto boats, but not dolphins.

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