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Woman KO’d By “Flying” Fish On Suwannee River

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Suwannee River (Source: Floridastateparks.org)

Suwannee River (Source: Floridastateparks.org)

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CHIEFLAND (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida’s wildlife agency may want to invest in some “Beware of Flying Fish” signs for the middle of the state.

Over the weekend, a 32-year-old woman boating on the Suwannee River was hit by a nearly 70-pound jumping sturgeon. The fish knocked her unconscious and out of the boat, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports

Brianne Megargel and her husband were near Manatee Springs State Park when the fish jumped out of the water and struck her as she sat in the boat.

Witnesses said the impact knocked her out of the vessel. Megargel’s husband pulled her from the water and took her to the park, where a helicopter flew her to Shands at the University of Florida.

The agency said it was the second sturgeon encounter of the year.

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