Five-year-old killed by leaping fish


A five-year-old girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured after being hit by a leaping sturgeon while boating on the Suwannee River in Florida.

This is the first fatal accident from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time," said Maj. Andy Krause, regional commander at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in Lake City. "This is a terrible tragedy."

On Friday, another couple were transported to hospital after they were hit by a sturgeon on the Sante Fe River

"With the low water levels in the river system, the sturgeon are jumping much more frequently than in recent years," said Maj. Krause. "We want everyone boating on the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers to be aware that the sturgeon are jumping and that people have been injured."

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