70-Year-Old Florida Woman Stabbed by Sailfish

A 70-year-old woman was stabbed in the groin by a sailfish off the coast of Florida when it leaped out of the water as her companions tried to reel it into their boat.

The victim, a 70-year-old woman named Katherine Perkins, told officials that the 100-pound sailfish’s bill stabbed her in the groin as she was standing close to the boat’s center console.

A report by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the incident occurred on the morning of July 19 about two miles off Stuart, Florida.

Perkins’ companions Louis Toth and Dominic Bellezza applied pressure on the wound until they docked an hour later. Perkins’ injury was then attended to by fire rescue personnel, after which she was brought to a nearby hospital.

Toth and Belleza claimed that before the sailfish came out of the water and stabbed Perkins, it had already appeared to be charging the boat.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office report read that Perkins said that “the incident occurred so fast” that she did not have time to react.

According to National Geographic, sailfish are the sea’s fastest fish and can reach speeds of up to 68 miles per hour.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that sailfish are “known for their fast runs, acrobatic jumps and head-shaking attempts to throw a hook.”


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