Fish stabs man

Fisherman flown to hospital.

Fisherman flown to hospital.

MARLIN WOUND: A 55 year-old fisherman suffered a serious wound to the leg yesterday as he and his fishing companions tried to haul aboard a marlin they had caught off East Cape out from Waihau Bay. The Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter from Tauranga went to the bay late in the morning (pictured) to fly him to hospital. Picture supplied

A MAN was flown to Whakatane Hospital yesterday after he was gored in the leg by a marlin as he and his two fishing companions tried to boat the fish they had caught off East Cape.

The marlin’s spiked bill impaled the man through the calf. The Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter from Tauranga flew to Waihau Bay at 11.30am to pick him up.

“The 55-year-old had suffered a very serious lower leg injury,” chopper pilot Todd Dunham said.

“The man and woman with him pulled the marlin’s spike out themselves.”

The boat he was fishing from was 1½ hours out from Waihau Bay when it happened.

“The people on the boat with him had the nous to call for help straight away and as they made their way back to Waihau Bay the emergency services were organised to meet them.”

The injured man was stabilised by St John paramedics at the Waihau Bay fire station before being flown to Whakatane Hospital for further treatment.

“The helicopter was called due to the serious nature of his injury and the remote location,” Mr Dunham said.

The marlin was landed despite the accident and it was taken to Waihau Bay on board the boat.

A MAN was flown to Whakatane Hospital yesterday after he was gored in the leg by a marlin as he and his two fishing companions tried to boat the fish they had caught off East Cape.

The marlin’s spiked bill impaled the man through the calf. The Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter from Tauranga flew to Waihau Bay at 11.30am to pick him up.

“The 55-year-old had suffered a very serious lower leg injury,” chopper pilot Todd Dunham said.

“The man and woman with him pulled the marlin’s spike out themselves.”

The boat he was fishing from was 1½ hours out from Waihau Bay when it happened.

“The people on the boat with him had the nous to call for help straight away and as they made their way back to Waihau Bay the emergency services were organised to meet them.”

The injured man was stabilised by St John paramedics at the Waihau Bay fire station before being flown to Whakatane Hospital for further treatment.

“The helicopter was called due to the serious nature of his injury and the remote location,” Mr Dunham said.

The marlin was landed despite the accident and it was taken to Waihau Bay on board the boat.

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Bob Hughes - 3 years ago
Sad story, but why is it I feel just as sorry for that poor marlin?

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