We’ve got a whale of a tale to tell you, lads. On the rivers of Brazil, where harpoons (meaning, we think, what is called in English “spearguns” — we distrust the translation, but “harpoon” is a marvelous word) are outlawed — at least, from November to February — a spearfishing outlaw let loose one of the ¡proibido! devices. Then he and his buddy had to traipse in to the hospital to get the spear taken out of his buddy’s head.
“Unfortunately, they were not careful with the positioning, the distance,” Araguari fire department Deputy Lt. Lucenildo Batista Alves told the site. “And the waters of the river in our region are murky, especially in the very dirty rainy season.”
The metal shaft — which was just inches away from causing more serious injuries or even death — was removed and the man was released from a hospital Wednesday.
Alves said 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 — had fired the spear. Authorities are investigating the fishing trip, since it’s illegal to use harpoons from November through February.
“We do not know if the friend saw any fish or if the gun fired alone, but it hit the face of this boy,” Alves told PescaAmadora.com, according to a translation of the page. “He was very lucky, as the harpoon crossed the soft part of the mouth, did not reach any bone or more sensitive part, such as the brain. It could have been fatal.”
It gives a whole new meaning to “he got hisself some ‘poon,” doesn’t it?