Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another Stingray Attack a la Steve Irwin

First, it's Steve Irwin. He survived crocodiles and other potentially lethal creatures, only to succumb to a stingray barb to the heart.

And now, it's an 81-year-old Florida boater. It happened at Lighthouse Point, Florida, about 30 miles north of Miami. Fire Department officials said that James Bertakis was in a small recreational boat with two grandchildren, when a spotted eagle ray, a type of sting ray, leaped aboard and struck him, leaving its poisonous stinger close to his heart. Bertakis was expected to make a full recovery after surgery at a local hospital to have the stinger removed from his chest.

Be on the lookout.

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