Boaters say whales capsized their 23-foot vessel off San Diego coast

SAN DIEGO - Two boaters were dumped into the ocean off the coast of San Diego Wednesday when their 23-foot vessel overturned after it was hit by two whales.

The non-injury mishap was reported shortly after noon, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

"It was just total shock and surprise to turn around and see that whale right behind me," said boat captain Cici Sayer.

Wildlife photographer Dale Frinks, who was also on board, captured an image of one of the whales. It is believed to be a blue whale.

When asked about how big the whale's mouth was, Frinks answered, "We could have ... Feels like we could have fit that truck over there inside of it."

The whole encounter was captured on video.

"I saw me looking very ridiculous, falling in the water but still getting the shot, so I don't know if I'm proud of myself or not yet," he said.

Another boater reported the accident and helped get the victims out of the water, USCG Petty Officer Connie Terrell said. A commercial salvage vessel then was called out to right the foundered boat.

The boaters said they believed two whales struck their vessel, causing it to flip over.

U.S. Coast Guard crews did not respond to the incident, but a Coast Guard official told 10News they monitored the distress call that was made and were ready to respond if needed.

NOTE: Video captured by Dale Frink of DaleFrink.com

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