Cape Cod lobsterman swallowed by whale also survived deadly Costa Rica plane crash in 2001
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The man with the whale of a tale has apparently cheated death more than once.
Michael Packard, the Cape Cod lobsterman who shocked the world Friday when he was nearly swallowed by a humpback whale nearly wound up in Davey Jones’s locker in 2001, when a plane he was on reportedly crashed in Costa Rica, killing three people.
The plane crashed while flying from the Costa Rica capital of San Jose to the fishing village of Porta Jimenez, the the Cape Cod Times reported at the time.
Packard “suffered severe facial injuries and multiple broken long bones in his arms and legs,” the outlet reported.
Packard, 57, captains boats out of Costa Rica in the winter, according to a local sportfishing website.
Packard, is the son of celebrated Cape Cod artist Anne Packard, whose work has been featured at the Louvre in Paris and The Met here in New York City.
He could not be reached for this story, but a person who answered the phone at the family’s gallery in Provincetown confirmed that the Michael Packard who survived the plane crash is the same man who ruined a humpback whale’s breakfast on Friday.
Packard’s stunning story of his encounter with the mighty leviathan generated international headlines.
“All of a sudden I felt like I got hit by a freight train and everything went black,” he told reporters Friday. “And it went black and I was like, ‘Oh my God, what the heck? Where am I, did I just get bitten by a great white?’ And then I realized after I said it’s not a shark the only thing it could be is I just got eaten by a whale.”
The whale, he said, spit him back out 30 or 40 seconds later.
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