A woman was bitten Sunday by a barracuda that jumped into her kayak in the Florida Keys, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.
According to the Coast Guard, the 45-year-old woman and her male companion said they were in a two-person kayak near Big Pine Key about 5:15 p.m. Sunday when a barracuda jumped into the vessel, bit her in the chest and then jumped back into the water.
The attack left the woman with an apparent punctured lung and broken ribs, the Coast Guard said.
A rescue vessel from the Coast Guard station in Marathon worked with the private company TowBoatU.S., which launched a small boat carrying a paramedic that was able to maneuver into the shallow water where the kayak was.
According to the Coast Guard, the man in the kayak was unable to row to shore without causing further harm to the woman.
Once aboard the TowBoatU.S. vessel, the woman was taken to Dolphin Marina and then airlifted to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard