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Fish Jumps Out Of The Water And Stabs Teen In The Neck

Fish Jumps Out Of The Water And Stabs Teen In The Neck

A teenager is lucky to be alive after a needlefish straight up jumped out of the water and skewered itself into his neck.

The horrifying incident happened when Muhammad Idul was fishing in the waters off Wakinamboro village in the South Buton area of southern Indonesia.

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The 16-year-old was hoping to catch something decent for later that day until a needlefish knocked him out of his boat. The species is noted for its long, thin jaws and sharp teeth.

Despite the fish making a dent in the teenager's neck, he managed to swim to shore and then walked home to get help. Sounds very casual.

He was then taken to hospital for treatment, however doctors quickly realised that they didn't have the specialist equipment needed for such a delicate surgery, so Muhammad was transferred to Makassar for his operation.

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It took surgeons about two hours to carefully remove the fish.

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Professor Dr Syafri K. Arif told local news site Makassar Terkin: "To remove the fish snout, one must be very careful because there is a large vessel in the neck.

"Luckily it was not released. So, the fish's snout is blocking the bleeding. Later when you arrive at the operating room, just pull it out slowly because there are large blood vessels there.

"If the stick is pulled out, the blood doesn't stop coming out. So it is better if it's just stuck there."

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The teen remains in hospital as doctors want to ensure that the wound won't be susceptible to infection.

While you might think that a fish taking revenge on humans is outrageous, it's happened before. At least two people are confirmed to have been killed from a needlefish.

A 10-year-old boy was on a night fishing trip with his dad in Hawaii in 1977 when the fish pierced his eye - now that would be a horrible way to go.

Two years ago, Thai navy cadet Kriangsak Pengpanich was similarly killed when a needlefish pierced him during a training exercise.

So be careful next time you go fishing because one of these bad boys might ruin your day.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.