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Old 10-19-2006, 07:41 AM
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Stingray Leaps Into Boat, Stabs Man in Chest

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Florida (Oct. 19) - A stingray jumped into the boat of an 81-year-old Florida man and stabbed him in the chest, leaving its long barb stuck in him, authorities said.
James Bertakis was in critical condition Thursday morning. The man was boating with his grown granddaughter and her friend Wednesday afternoon when the rare attack occurred. The women were able to steer the boat back to Bertakis' home in Lighthouse Point where they called authorities.
"It was a freak accident," said Lighthouse Point acting fire Chief David Donzella. "It's very odd that the thing jumped out of the water and stung him. We still can't believe it."
Bertakis was conscious when paramedics arrived. Surgeons were able to remove some of the barb, but were not able to locate the rest and feared it may have migrated. Bertakis suffered a closed chest wound, collapsed lung and may have to undergo open-heart surgery, rescue officials said.The roughly 5-foot wide, 30-pound stingray died on the boat, firefighters said. They kept it in a plastic bag and on ice until Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers picked it up, Sullivan said.
Ellen Pikitch, a professor of marine biology and fisheries at the University of Miami, who has been studying stingrays for decades, said the fish are generally docile creatures.
"Something like this is really, really extraordinarily rare," she said. "I've never heard any reports of a stingray attacking a person. Even when they are under duress, they don't usually attack."
"Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, 44, died Sept. 4 when a stingray's barb pierced his chest while he was filming a TV show on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Old 10-19-2006, 07:54 AM
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i hope this man will be ok. they said he might have to undergo more surgery. that is terrible.
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:06 AM
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That is just awful...what a scare for all of them...My son scuba dives and used to pet these sting rays all the time....
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:28 AM
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Those things are wicked!
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:33 AM
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A freak accident. I doubt these animals are smart enough to "plan" attacks. It was probably getting chased by a predator and landed in the boat while trying to escape.

I find it annoying how the media scrapes the ends of the earth for stories to try and make people think there is some sort of epidemic going on.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:22 AM
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Sure hope the man is ok.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:26 AM
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A freak accident. I doubt these animals are smart enough to "plan" attacks. It was probably getting chased by a predator and landed in the boat while trying to escape.

I find it annoying how the media scrapes the ends of the earth for stories to try and make people think there is some sort of epidemic going on.


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BTW I LIKE YOUR NEW PIC
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:40 AM
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Thanks, Christine! I was getting sick of looking at that old mug shot.

Hey, is that stingray in the pic sitting on a bed of lettuce?
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