A 70-year-old woman was injured by the sharp point of the snout of a sailfish that jumped out of the water and caught up with her as two companions on a yacht tried to fish for it off the Florida coast, authorities said.
The 100-pound fish struck the woman in the groin Tuesday as she stood on the boat about 2 miles from Stuart, Florida, according to a Martin County Sheriff’s Office report.
The other occupants of the yacht applied pressure to the wound and the woman, a resident of Arnold, Maryland, was taken to Stuart for medical treatment.
The woman told sheriff’s deputies that the incident occurred so suddenly that she did not have time to react, the report said.
Sailfish are among the fastest in the sea and, like swordfish, are easily recognizable by their long, sharp points.