Saturday, July 31, 2004
Woman hospitalized after run-in with whale tail
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY - A woman from Labrador was in hospital on Tuesday, recovering from face and head injuries she suffered when a whale whacked her boat with its tail.
On Sunday, Brenda Hancock was taking an evening cruise on Forteau Bay with her husband Regg and another couple when a whale surfaced, flipped its large black tail out of the water and struck the Hancocks' brand-new boat.
The blow knocked out the windshield and struck Hancock on the head, causing minor injuries.
No one else on board was injured.
'My wife has this terrific fear of whales and every time you go near a boat she is always talking about 'Don't go near whales,'' Regg Hancock says.
'I used to always laugh at that and say, 'There is no way a whale will come near a boat.' Well, she proved me wrong.'
Brenda Hancock is recovering from her injuries at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony."
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