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Dick Van Dyke saved by porpoises

Dick Van Dyke has told how his life was save by a pod of porpoises, after he was cast adrift at sea while surfing.

The 84-year-old star of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang told US chat show host Craig Ferguson the bizarre story of how he fell asleep on a 10ft surfboard off Virginia Beach on the east coast of America.

When he woke up he found himself stranded far out at sea, and thought he was surrounded by sharks.

Dick said: "I went out once and fell asleep on that board and I woke up out of sight of land.

"And I looked around and I started paddling with the swells, and I started seeing fins swimming around me. I thought, 'I'm dead'.

"They turned out to be porpoises. They pushed me all the way to shore - I'm not kidding!"

The actor and singer did not say when the incident occurred but revealed he "doesn't surf any more".

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