A routine fishing excursion almost turned deadly for one man in Brazil earlier this week when he was shot with a harpoon right through the face.
As reported by the New York Post, “The 27-year-old man, identified in local television reports as Hugo Pereira da Silva, was on a fishing trip with a friend at the Rio Paranaiba dam in Araguari, Brazil when the 3-foot spear pierced through his face, according to officials”
The man miraculously survived being impaled by the harpoon, which was just inches away from doing some major freakin’ damage, if not killing the dude instantly.
Amazingly, the lucky man was released from the hospital on Wednesday, just one day after the brutal accident. It’s tough to believe anyone could survive this type of misfortune.
Araguari fire department Deputy Lt. Lucenildo Batista Alves said in a statement “Unfortunately, they were not careful with the positioning or the distance, and the waters of the river in our region are murky, especially in the very dirty rainy season.”
Alves went on to say it was not immediately clear exactly how the man was struck, or whether his friend, who was fishing on the opposite side of the dam, was the one who actually fired the harpoon.
Due to the fact that it’s illegal to use harpoons in the region from November through February, authorities are currently conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the man’s fishing trip.
Hugo was extremely fortunate the harpoon crossed through the soft tissue area of his mouth, and didn’t penetrate any bone or cause any major damage. Not to mention the possibility of piercing right through his damn brain.
Looking at a couple of photos of Hugo’s painful looking injury, you can see just how lucky he was to survive the horrific harpoon mishap. These are the types of freak accidents people have nightmares about.