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Old 03-20-2008, 01:12 PM
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I'm watching CNN right now and the breaking news is that a Stingray leaped into a boat where a 55 year old woman was sunbathing and killed her. They are showing pictures of the Dead Stingray in the Fish and Wildlife boat next to Officers...
This is very unfortuante, enjoying a day on the water and pass away like this...

My condolonces to the Family...
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Woman dies after freak encounter with ray

Marathon Fla. (WSVN) -- A freak encounter with an eagle ray has taken the life of a boater.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the unidentified 55-year-old woman died after the large spotted eagle ray struck her, as it jumped out of the water before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Officer Jorge Pino said his department is trying to figure out what exactly happened. "We don't know if she, the victim in this case, collided with the stingray or she became startled when the stingray actually ended up in the vessel," said Pino. "But somehow she ended up dying as a result of the interaction she had with this particular stingray."

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office received the call of a woman who was injured after the ray jumped from the water and hit her in the face. Pino said that even though eagle rays are known to jump out of the water, this is a particularly strange case because the boat was in motion when the ray jumped in. "It's an unusual occurrence," he said. "It's actually uncommon that they collide with a vessel. It's not a regular thing that it occurs. We're actually astonished that this happened. Our thoughts are with the family."

The woman was visiting from Michigan and was on a boat with her family. It remains unclear if she was hit with the barb from the animal.

Her body was transported to Mariner's Hospital, where authorities hope to gain more insight into how the woman died.

Last year, famed naturalist Steve Irwin died of when a stingray's barb stabbed him through his heart while filming a documentary. On Oct. 26, an elderly man actually survived a similar hit from a stingray at Lighthouse Point after spending weeks in the hospital.
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Of all the things that can kill ya, that really is a ****ty way to go. Just cruising, on the top of the world, then bam! A damn stingray nails ya.



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Jeez....what a shtty way to go.
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Man talk about having some real bad luck... I feel very sorry for the family that is about the strangest thing I've heard...
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my prayers are with the family...very sad to hear...
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sorry to hear...my prayers go out to the family
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That really is a tragedy.
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There are several conflicting reports.

One says the barb lodged in her neck.
Another says, she was knocked backwards, and a blow to the head killed her.
Yet another report claims a child was injured as well.

Definitely a tragedy, but who knows what took place.
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