Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and if that man is Anthony Wichman, he'll hook a fish so big it nearly drowns him and capsizes his boat.
Wichman, a 54-year-old man from Koloa, Hawaii, hooked a 230-pound Ahi tuna Friday morning, then spent the next hour reeling it into his boat. He finally succeeded, reports Hawaii News Now, when the tuna took one last dive.
The line wrapped around Wichman's ankle and pulled him overboard and below the water, capsizing his 14-foot boat in the process. In the midst of all this, he untangled himself from the line, made it to the hull of his overturned boat, and, using his waterproof cell phone, called for help.
"All I could hear was him hyper-ventilating and puking. And through his breathing, he was able to say three words: sinking, Coast Guard, and buoy,” his daughter, Anuhea Wichman, recalled to KHON.
A Coast Guard helicopter was able to track Winchman down using his cell phone signal, which flew him to safety. He's expected to be fine.
Two of Wichman's friends were able to tow his boat back to shore and discovered the fish was still on the line.
The Wichman family has asked them to keep the tuna "as a token of their appreciation," KHON adds.