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#199365 - 08/04/06 04:08 PM Marlin hooks fisherman
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Fisherman speared by blue marlin off Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- A fisherman was recovering from surgery after he was speared in the chest and knocked into the Atlantic Ocean by a blue marlin during a fishing competition off Bermuda's coast.

Ian Card, 32, was in stable condition at King Edward VII Hospital in the British Island territory from a wound that his doctor said could have been fatal.

"He was very lucky," said Dr. Christian Wilmsmeier. "It was a very serious injury."

Card and his father, Alan, both operators of a charter fishing boat and experienced marlin fishermen, had just hooked the fish Saturday when it suddenly leapt out of the water, impaled Ian Card just below his collar bone and knocked him into the ocean.

"The fish all of a sudden changed direction and jumped. The fish made a leap and Ian just happened to be in the way," Alan Card said.

The younger fisherman managed to struggle free while his father cut the line and helped his son get back into their boat, the Challenger.

They managed to make it back to shore in about 40 minutes for emergency medical treatment.

The fishermen estimated the marlin at about 800 pounds (363 kilograms) and about 14 feet (4.3 meters) in length.

Live and let live

#199366 - 08/04/06 04:09 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
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Live and let live

#199367 - 08/04/06 04:19 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
deacon+ Offline
It's about time they started fighting back. laugh

#199368 - 08/04/06 05:58 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
Denny Shane Offline
I knew it! Nostradomus was right about the fish and birds and bugs and crap starting to fight back. This is just the beginning folks! eek

#199369 - 08/07/06 01:06 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
Wyoming Carla Offline
MEOWCH!!!!! That sounds a bit PAINFUL!

#199370 - 08/07/06 03:59 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
captjeff Offline
Bet he got the point.be carefull fishing.
Living The Dream Every Day!

#199371 - 08/10/06 01:14 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
PalapaBob Offline
It's time to panic folks!!!!!!!!!!!! eek

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

WILDWOOD, Fla. — A man riding a personal watercraft on the Suwannee River was injured after a 4-foot-long sturgeon jumped out of the water and hit him, wildlife officials said.
Blake Nicholas Fessenden, 23, was heading north on the Suwannee River Sunday just north of the Hart Springs Sand Bar when he was hit and fell off the craft, according to a statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Fessenden was knocked unconscious.
His girlfriend was riding another watercraft behind him and was able to get to Fessenden and hold his head above water before passengers on another vessel arrived to pull him from the water, officials said.
He was airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
A 31-year-old woman was hospitalized in April after a 3-foot-long sturgeon jumped into a boat being driven by the woman's fiance. The pair was also on the Suwannee River.
Officials at the time said similar accidents occur once or twice a year on the river and that the fish can jump as high as 8 feet in the air and can weigh up to 200 pounds.

I've already told you more than I know.

#199372 - 08/10/06 01:39 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
krehfish Offline
We need more sturgeon.
Flyfishing my way through mid-life crisis.

#199373 - 08/10/06 01:59 PM Re: Marlin hooks fisherman
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...and fewer personal watercraft.


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