Woman hit by stingray dies

MIAMI, March 20 (UPI) -- A stingray leaped from the water off the Florida Keys Thursday, killing a woman who had been sunbathing on a boat, wildlife officials said.

Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told CNN it was unclear whether the 55-year-old Michigan woman died from the 75-pound eagle ray's barb or whether she hit her head. She was pronounced dead at Mariner Hospital in Tavernier.


"It's just as freakish of an accident as I have heard," Pino told CNN. "The chances of this occurring are so remote that most of us are completely astonished that this happened."

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