A Woman Has Been Hospitalised After A Fish Jumped Into Her Boat
The woman is recovering in Royal Darwin Hospital.
The 65-year-old is believed to have been hit in the chest by a trevally, and reportedly sustained a serious laceration to her neck after it jumped in her boat in Darwin Harbour on Monday morning while the woman was out fishing with her husband.
The paramedic who treated the woman in the ambulance en route to the hospital "suspected the fish was a trevally".
“The woman was fishing in the harbour with her husband when a fish jumped out of the water and hit her in the chest,” he told the NT News.
The woman fell to the side of the boat with a large cut to the side of her neck.
St John intensive care paramedic Jeff Buteux told the NT News that the woman was "very lucky" that the fish's fin missed all major blood vessels.
Though the type of trevally wasn't confirmed, the largest of the species can grow to weigh more than 40kg and their fins can be quite sharp.
The woman is recovering in hospital and as of Tuesday afternoon was in a stable condition.
In light of the incident, authorities have urged fisherman to make sure that they have medical supplies and training at hand in case something like this happens again.