"I woke up out of sight of land," the 84-year-old actor recalled according
to a report in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper. "I started paddling with the
swells and I started seeing fins swimming around me and I thought 'I'm
Thankfully for Van Dyke, the circling fins didn't belong to creatures with
sinister ? or hungry ? motives.
"They turned out to be porpoises," the actor, 84, said. "And they pushed me
all the way to shore."
For any doubters, Van Dyke stresses, "I'm not kidding."