A 100-pound sailboat leapt out of the water and impaled a 73-year-old Maryland woman on a fishing boat in Florida, officials said.
The victim was with two other people last Tuesday when a fisherman on board caught the sailboat on a fishing line about two miles offshore near Stuart, Fla., the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.
As they attempted to bring the fish back, two men on board noticed the creature begin to charge the boat, according to the incident report.
The fish then jumped out of the water and stabbed the woman in the groin area as she stood next to the center console. Fishermen reported the sailboat was estimated at 100 pounds, the sheriff’s office said.
The other two men on the boat applied pressure to the injury and met with responders at Sandspirit Park.
The woman, identified as Katherine Perkins, told police the incident happened so quickly that she had no time to react.
She was airlifted to HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital. No one else was injured in the incident.
NBC News has contacted the hospital for an update on his condition.
According to Ocean Conservancy, sailfish have large, sail-like dorsal fins and long, pronounced beaks. They can weigh up to 200 pounds and measure between 6 and 11 feet long.