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Sturgeon injures woman on Suwannee River

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By The Staff

Special to the Citizen
A woman was injured when a sturgeon crashed through her boat’s windshield and showered her with glass April 27.
Erica Stevens, of Safety Harbor, received minor injuries, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators.
At about 5 p.m., Stevens and her husband, Scott, who was operating the boat, were on the Suwannee River north of the U.S. 19 Bridge in Gilchrist County, traveling at about 15 mph when a 5-foot sturgeon jumped up in front of Stevens’ vessel and crashed through the boat’s windshield, FWC officials said.
Erica Stevens was sitting behind the passenger windshield and was hit by flying glass, sustaining cuts on her arms and legs.  According to investigators, it’s not certain that the sturgeon ever made contact with her during the incident. 
Her husband took her to Shands Hospital in Gainesville. The sturgeon strike was reported to FWC the next day, and an investigation began.
The sturgeon also struck the bimini-top support and the motor cowling before coming to rest inside the vessel. The Stevens’ 1973, 15-foot Lightning boat sustained approximately $2,300 in damages.


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