A leaping sturgeon has severely injured a Florida woman, leaving her hospitalized with multiple injuries after knocking her from a boat on the Suwannee River in Florida.
On Tuesday, Brianne H. Megargel, 31, was laid up in Shands at the University of Florida with two broken arms, a broken collarbone, several broken ribs, a lacerated liver, facial trauma, and four missing teeth.
“She is a tough cookie, that’s for sure,” said Megargel’s father, Michael Hart. “She’s always been an active person. Now she’s in bed with two broken arms and realizing she isn’t going to be able to do anything for herself.”
Megargel was in a 17-foot boat in the middle of the Suwannee River near Manatee Springs State Park with her husband, Steve, and his 10-year-old son, Greyson. They usually are on a boat somewhere on weekends — from cruising the Suwannee to lobstering in the Keys.
Her parents said the Megargels had seen sturgeon jumping — a common if not understood practice this time they year when the thickly scaled fish spawn. Brianne Megargel was sitting next to her husband. In an instant, she was face down in the water unconscious.