A Maryland woman, 73, was suspended in the thigh by a 100-pound sea fish that jumped out of the ocean while fishing off the coast of Florida.
- Katherine Perkins, 73, was struck by a sailfish on Tuesday off the coast of Stewart, Florida
- The fish jumped out of the water and planted it while it was standing in the boat
- Her friends had grabbed the 100-pounder and were trying to take a picture of it
- I told the deputy mayor that this happened quickly and she didn’t have time to respond
A 73-year-old woman was stabbed by a 100-pound sailfish while fishing with some friends off the coast of Florida.
Fish Catherine Perkins, of Arnold, Maryland, was devastated in the groin area with her pointy beak on Tuesday while standing in the boat while two of her companions tried to get her on the fishing line.
Her friends immediately pressed her wound and called 911 as they headed toward the beach, where she was then taken to nearby HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital for treatment.
While her current condition remains unknown, Perkins was said to be in the hospital recovering on Thursday.
Katherine Perkins, 73 (pictured), was stabbed by a 100-pound sailfish while fishing with some friends off the coast of Stewart, Florida, on Tuesday.
Perkins and her friends were on a boat near Stewart, a coastal town north of West Palm Beach that is considered the Sailfish Capital of the World, when they caught a 100-pound sailfish (file photo)
Perkins and her friends were on a boat two miles from Stewart Beach – a coastal town north of West Palm Beach that is considered the world’s sailfish capital – when they caught the 100-pound sailfish.
Perkins’ big fish, which was standing next to the center console, charged while its companions were trying to take a picture of it, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Treasure Coast Newspapers.
“Sailfish jumped out of the water and stabbed Catherine in the groin area while she was standing next to the center console,” the authorities said.
Residents Stewart Lewis Toth, 75, and Dominic Bellisa, 77, applied pressure to her wound while she was being taken to hospital.
It is unclear whether either spouse is responsible for the reeling in the 100-pounder.
Perkins told a deputy that the incident happened so quickly that she didn’t have time to respond.
Perkins and her fishing companion were in a boat near Stewart (pictured) when the 100-pound fish jumped out of the water and sank in its thigh.
Her friends called 911 and put pressure on the wound as she was transferred to nearby HCA Florida Lawnwood (pictured) where she is said to be recovering Thursday
Sailfish can grow up to 11 feet in length and up to 220 pounds and are among the fastest fish in the ocean.
Like the swordfish, the sailfish can be recognized by its pointed, extended bills. They are strong fighters and are known for deep diving and pulling fishing reels, trying to dislodge fishing hooks.
While sailfish are usually released, Florida residents try to fish for it. There’s even a tournament that sees many residents of Stewart and nearby Fort Pierce trying to ride a Sailfish.
The largest sailfish ever caught in Florida weighed 126 pounds, according to state records. It was wrapped on June 13, 2009 by Larry Meyer off Big Pine Key.
During the Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Championships in January 2019, 38 fishing boats caught and released a record 969 sailfish over three days.
Wildlife experts advise people to take pictures of the Sailfish without pulling it out of the water.