Rob Sheppe writes in Sportfishing Magazine included this scary tale today. “The Schultz family – Bob, his son Stephen, and 20-year old daugher Allison – were on a fishing trip off the coast of Panama. Bob had taken his children to Panama for some quality time away from the demands of telephones and every day life before his son went away to college.
Stephen had hooked a Black Marlin when the boat was about 30 miles off shore. Estimated at 600 pounds, the fish leapt out of the water and crashed into the stern of the boat, landing right on the young angler.
Mates quickly cut the thrashing fish loose and all attention turned to Stephen, now lying on the deck and bleeding profusely from the nose and mouth. The boat immediately raced to shore — a 2 hour journey — and a waiting plane flew Stephen to the National Hospital in Panama City. X-Rays revealed broken sinus walls and several internal lacerations.
Since the incident, Stephen has been in and out of doctor’s offices. Chances are good that no oral surgery will be needed to correct the sinus damage because the bones are so small.” Amazingly, the whole incident was caught on video that appeared on the Drudge Report.