Needlefish Jumps Out Of Water And Stabs Teen In The Neck

Written by Deja Monet January 22, 2020
Photo Credit: Metro UK/CEN

An Indonesian teen was stabbed in the neck by a needlefish while fishing in the city of Baubau.

According to Metro UK, Muhammad Idul,16, was stabbed by a needlefish after it jumped out of the water and pushed its long, pointy jaws into his neck. Idul was knocked off of his boat when the freak accident occurred and transported to a local hospital. However, the hospital’s medical staff refused to perform the surgery because it required specialist equipment. He was transferred to another hospital in Makassar where surgeons performed the operation and removed the fish within one hour.

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The teen is reported to be in stable condition and is currently under observation to prevent any infections for the next three to four days.

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There are two well-known cases of a human being killed in needlefish incidents. In 1977, a ten-year-old boy died in Hawaii after a needlefish stabbed him in the eye during a fishing trip with his dad during the night.

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