Fisheries & Fish Industry

Man gets harpooned on fishing trip

Man gets harpooned on fishing trip

A fisherman is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the head with a harpoon during a fishing trip in Brazil.

The 27-year-old man — identified in local television reports as Hugo Periera da Silva — was on a fishing trip with a friend at the Rio Paranaiba dam in Araguari when the 3-foot spear pierced through his face on Tuesday, officials told, Diaro de Pernambuco reported.

“Unfortunately, they were not careful with the positioning, the distance,” Araguari Fire Department Deputy Lt. Lucenildo Batista Alves told the site. “And the waters of the river in our region are murky, especially in the very dirty rainy season.”

The arrow – which was just inches away from causing more serious injuries or even death – was successfully removed and the man was released from a hospital on Wednesday.

Alves said it was immediately unclear exactly how the man was struck, or if his friend — who was fishing on the opposite side of the dam — had fired the spear.

“We do not know if the friend saw any fish or if the gun fired alone, but it hit the face of this boy,” Alves told PescaAmadora.com, according to a translation of the page. “He was very lucky, as the harpoon crossed the soft part of the mouth, did not reach any bone of more sensitive part, such as the brain. It could have been fatal.”

With Emil Lendof

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