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4/19/07

Fish Jumps Out Of River And Attacks Woman

Four of Sharon touchton's fingers were ripped off, only three were repaired and it's still not certain if she will be able to keep them. Yet she is back to her paralegal job, even trying to type. Itt helps erase the memories from a recent trip to the suwannee river with her husband and
3-year-old granddaughter.

Sharon says "I relieve it every minute".

Sharon tried to recall the horrifying moments she was going about 25 miles per hour on her jet ski in pretty deep water when a huge fish later identified as a sturgeon jumped out of the water.

Sharon says "I felt like I ran a ground I felt like a mac truck hit me I remember nothing
until I was pulled onto a platoon boat and revived.

She doesn't remember the actual encounter with the fish but she knows it was
pretty severe. She had bit down on her tongue so hard, it was severed.

Doctors were able to reattach it, but it's very difficult to speak.....still, she is thankful to be alive.

And says it was her husband's quick actions and thinking that saved her.

Experts say sturgeons primarily live in the gulf but during the spring but move into fresh water to spawn.

Just this year, Florida fish and wildlife started warning residents about sturgeons not only because of their size, they can get up to 8 feet and 2 hundred pounds but also by their sharp edged bony plates.

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