90kg 'jumping fish' crushes five-year-old girl

By Kirstin Buick
06 July 2015

A five-year-old girl has died after a giant sturgeon leapt from the Suwannee River, striking her as it landed on her family's boat.

A five-year-old girl has died after a giant sturgeon leapt from the Suwannee River, striking her as it landed on her family's boat.

Florida's Jaylon Rippy's mother Tanya and nine-year-old brother Trevor were injured in the freak accident and taken to a nearby hospital.

'Their precious baby Jaylon became an angel early July 3'

This is the first time anyone has been killed from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River, but injuries are not uncommon, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says.

Four people have been injured by jumping sturgeon this year alone by the fish, who are known for leaping more than two metres into the air.

The fish can grow to reach 90kg and 2,4m.

Friends of the Rippy's family have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover their medical and funeral costs.

"The Rippy family was involved in an accident on Thursday, July 2, 2015 where a sturgeon collided with their boat," the page says.

"Their precious baby Jaylon became an angel early July 3, 2015. Tanya and Trevor will both have to see specialist and face possible surgeries.

"This family will also face the cost of the funeral. Please donate what you can and continue to keep them in your prayers more than everything!"

Sources: News.co.au, mirror.co.uk

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