Lobster Diver ‘Swallowed By A Whale’ Also Survived A Plane Crash

The lobsterman at Cape Cod who shocked the world after he was almost swallowed by a whale reportedly also survived a plane crash.

The Costa Rica plane that crashed on November 29, 2001, while flying from the capital of San José to the fishing village of Puerto Jimenez, also brought an end to the lives of three people.

57-year-old Michael Packard, “suffered severe facial injuries and multiple broken long bones in his arms and legs,” the Cape Cod Times reported back then.

Image courtesy of the Packard family

He and four others aboard the plane reportedly spent two nights in the jungle before a rescue team came to pick them up. 

A doctor who cared for them said:

“They would not have survived another night at that [crash] site.”

Lobster diver Michael Packard was working from Friday morning off Herring Cove Beach. While inside the whale, “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’”
Image: Mary Ann Bragg/Provincetown Banner

Michael goes on boat trips in the Costa Rica area during winter. He is the son of artist Anne Packard, whose paintings have been featured at the Louvre in Paris and The Met in New York.

Michael could not be reached for comment, but a person close to him confirmed that he is the same man who almost ended up on the menu of a humpback whale last Friday.

The heart-stopping tale of his encounter with the giant sea monster made headlines all over the world. 

“All of a sudden I felt like I got hit by a freight train and everything went black,” he told the media. “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.”

Michael said that the beast spat him back out 30 or 40 seconds later.

For CBS Boston’s report on the story, please click below.

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