5 people were rescued off Block Island after their boat reportedly collided with a whale

"In over two decades this is the first time I've ever seen something that looked like Moby Dick in real life."

Five people were rescued off the coast of Block Island on Sunday after their vessel reportedly collided with a whale.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a tweet the pleasure craft “No Plans” struck “an object” about 10 miles from the island’s shore.

The collision apparently left a hole in the side of the boat that was patched up before the boat was towed to Point Judith.

No injuries were reported.

The owner of the boat said the group went to Block Island from Montauk, New York, for a day trip when a whale hit his boat, he told WJAR.


The collision “made the loudest noise ever and shook the entire thing,” the owner, who was not identified, told the news station.

The incident caused one of the people aboard the boat to go overboard and land atop the whale, according to the owner, who said the person was OK.

Phil LeBlanc, a co-owner of “Safe Sea” — a AAA-like company for boaters — in Wickford, Rhode Island, told the news station his business got a call to assist the boat.

“The story is there was a feeding frenzy of some sort. The whale perched up out of the water and essentially head butted the boat, put a hole in it, and subsequently knocked one of the passengers overboard,” LeBlanc told WJAR. “They landed on the whale; they were able to recover him, get him back in the boat, and the whale swam away.”

The group aboard the boat took a ferry back to New York, according to the outlet.

“In over two decades this is the first time I’ve ever seen something that looked like Moby Dick in real life,” said LeBlanc. “Every time people say you seen everything I say I have and then I always see something new.”


The whale tale is not the only one to turn heads lately in New England, however.

Last month, a Cape Cod lobster diver had his own bizarre encounter with a humpback whale: Michael Packard said he was trapped inside the whale’s mouth before he was eventually spit out.

Packard suffered only a few bruises, and his story made national news.


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