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Man Dies After Whale Jumps Into Boat

September 4, 2002

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PORT SAN LUIS, Calif. (AP) _ A whale suddenly breached and crashed into the bow of a fishing boat, killing a restaurant owner on board.

Jerry Tibbs, 51, owner of Mr. Tibb’s Ribs in Bakersfield, was aboard his boat The BBQ on Sunday when the whale hit and tossed him into the sea five miles off Port San Luis. Three other fishermen stayed aboard the damaged boat, which was towed to shore by the Coast Guard.

Tibbs and his three friends were just ending a day fishing for albacore when the accident occurred.

After more than 18 hours of searching, Tibbs’ body was found Monday afternoon.

Coast Guard officials said it was the first time they could recall an accident caused by a whale hitting a boat.

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