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Friday, April 4, 2008

Woman killed on boat by a leaping ray

Many people might have read the accident from some time back when noted animal worker and TV personality Steve Irwin was killed when the barb from a ray pierced him and the poison killed him. However, this was when Steve was in the water, and his death was considered a freak accident. So what would you consider this case when a woman was hit by a flying ray (a ray that leaped out of the water), which caused her to hit the boat and kill her. Read on:

A woman on a boat died after a spotted eagle ray leaped from the water off the Florida Keys Thursday and struck her, officials said. The force of the blow pushed the woman backward and she died when she hit her head on the boat deck, officials said. "It's just as freakish of an accident as I have heard," said Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "The chances of this occurring are so remote that most of us are completely astonished that this happened."
The woman was seated or standing in the front of the boat as it traveled at about 25 mph out of a channel, Pino said. "The ray just actually popped up in front of the vessel," he said. "The father had not even a second to react. It was too late. It happened instantly and the woman fell backwards and, unfortunately, died as a result of the collision."

What a bad way to go, dying in a freakish accident that happens so rarely.

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