Stingray Lunges Onto Boat, Wounding Man In Chest

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Posted by on October 19, 2006 at 12:16:27:

In Reply to: Sting Ray stabs man in South Florida posted by on October 19, 2006 at 12:13:17:

Miami, FL (AHN) - In a rare boating incident, a stingray leaped onto a boat and jabbed an 81-year-old Florida man in the chest on Wednesday. Authorities said that the animal left its poisonous stinger as it impaled him near his heart. The bizarre maritime accident closely resembles the attack that killed Australian TV naturalist, Steve Irwin, in one of the rare stingray fatalities on record.

Lighthouse Point Fire Department officials, 30 miles north of Miami, said James Bertakis was traveling with his two grandchildren on a small boat on Tuesday. The spotted eagle ray apparently spiraled onto the boat and gashed the boater.

Lt. Mike Sullivan told Reuters, "It's just a real freak thing," implying that stingrays are rarely seen leaping in the air on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway, where the mishap took place.

Sullivan went on to say, "For an 81-year-old man he's in really good shape," adding Bertakis was all set to make a full recovery after surgery to remove the stinger from his chest, at a local hospital.

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