Florida's leaping sturgeon have occasionally proven more than a little hazardous to boaters on its Suwannee River, but the latest incident is as tragic as it is unprecedented: 5-year-old Jaylon Rippy was boating with her family late last week when a flying sturgeon—which can reach 8 feet and tip the scales at 200lbs.—hit her, killing her and injuring her mom and 9-year-old brother, Trevor, reports NBC News.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time," a rep with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tells the Suwannee Democrat Bulletin. "This is a terrible tragedy." Jaylon's is the first recorded death on the river caused by a sturgeon, though four people have been injured so far this year. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account. (Read more sturgeon stories.)