New Zealand man survives stingray barb injury

Date: 1/12/2007

A New Zealand fisherman is lucky to be alive after the barb of a stingray severed an artery in his leg. The barb from the stingray pierced the leg of Gavin Scoles, 43. He suffered excruciating pain and lost almost a quarter of his blood before having surgery at Auckland Hospital. Mr Scoles pulled out the barb and the crew applied a tourniquet and called emergency services who sent the Westpac rescue helicopter. Scoles was fishing off Mercury Island with two others on his boat when a stingray became tangled in a net.

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