Stingray Barb to the Chest of 81 yr old man.
It appears this guy is tough.
How long before a B movie comes out, 'Wrath of the Sting Ray'?
Stingray leaps from water, strikes boater
October 18, 2006
THE MIAMI HERALD
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An 81-year-old man suffered serious injuries Wednesday afternoon when a stingray leaped into his small, recreational boat and stung him in the chest, Lighthouse Point fire officials said, according to a report by The Miami Herald.
Lighthouse Point, in Broward County, is south of Boca Raton in South Florida.
The man, whose name was not released, was enjoying the sunny afternoon with two family members when the stingray emerged from the water. It slid across the bow of the boat and then struck the man, leaving a foot-long barb lodged in his chest, authorities said.
The ray, a spotted eagle ray, was at least three feet wide, according to acting Chief David Donzella, a Lighthouse Point fire spokesman.
'This certainly doesn't happen very often,' Donzella said. ``It's very odd that the thing jumped out of the water and stung him on the boat.'
When fire-rescue officials arrived, the barb was still in the man's chest. He was conscious and breathing, but in extreme pain from the toxins, Donzella said.
Paramedics took him to North Broward Medical Center in stable condition but with a closed chest wound and a collapsed lung.
'He's in pretty bad shape right now,' Donzella said.
Lighthouse Point fire officials recovered the ray and were keeping it in a garbage bag at the station house, Donzella said.
Experts say rays are generally docile animals. But last month, a stingray off Australia's north coast stung Steve Irwin, the TV personality and conservationist known as the 'Crocodile Hunter.' Irwin, 44, died when the stingray's barb punctured his heart. It was one of a handful of stingray fatalities ever recorded.
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