Jumping Fish Breaks Teen's Jaw

Arkansas boy knocked unconscious by Silver Asian carp
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2008 2:17 PM CDT
A woman takes aim at Asian carp near the Missouri River public access point in Hartsburg, Mo.   (AP Photo/Kelley McCall)
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(Newser) – An Arkansas teenager's jaw was broken when a fish flew from the lake where he was riding in an inner tube and smacked him in the face last week. Seth Russell, 15, was cruising Lake Chicot on a large inner tube towed by a boat when a Silver Asian carp leaped from the water and knocked him unconscious.

"He doesn't remember anything at all," the boy's mother said. The teen has had oral surgery to wire several teeth together and still experiences back pain that doctors attribute to whiplash from the high-speed collision. Russell’s not the only one who's has a run-in with the "flying" Silver Asian carp. "Their jumping behavior is a problem," an expert says.