The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered (WPC-1104) were on a patrol in the Florida Straights at.
230lb Tuna Capsizes Fisherman's Boat
While gasping for air, the stranded fisherman called his daughter, Anuhea Wichman. She told CNN affiliate KHON her father hooked the tuna and got it onto his 14-foot boat after about an hour. "He gaffed it once in the back, and the second gaffe went straight into the fish's eye and that caused the fish to take a final dive. And he dove straight down, and the line wrapped around my dad's ankle and pulled him overboard," Anuhea Wichman said. When she answered his phone call, she said, "All I could hear was him hyper-ventilating and I could hear him puking." He managed to say "sinking" and "Coast Guard." After that call, the Coast Guard reached him on the phone and worked with 911 operators to determine his position. A rescue diver dropped from a helicopter and helped hoist him aboard. Wichman suffered only a few bruises and a rope burn, KOHN reported.