Leaping Dolphin Knocks Mansfield Woman Unconscious While Boating In Florida

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) - A woman was hospitalized in Florida after a dolphin leaped aboard the boat she was in, knocking her unconscious.

The Coast Guard says witnesses called 911 Thursday after seeing the dolphin jump from the Intracoastal Waterway and hit Barbara Howard of Mansfield, Ohio. Howard was sitting in an 18-foot boat with her husband, their daughter and her daughter's boyfriend.

The Howards say the dolphin jumped about six feet high and landed on the bow. They say it slid in their laps and its thrashing tail knocked them to the deck. Their daughter's boyfriend rolled the dolphin back into the water.

Barbara Howard regained consciousness before the Coast Guard reached her at a Edgewater, Fla., boat ramp. She was hospitalized in stable condition.