If you take your family to the lake in Minnesota, you may want to be sure of what’s swimming in the water. One family found out that there are extremely dangerous fish in Island Lake only after their daughter was badly hurt.
The little girl was dangling her legs from a stand up paddle board in the lake when she screamed that something had grabbed her leg. When she was able to pull her leg out of the water, she had been cut in 25 places. She said that she thought her foot had been in a fish’s mouth, but the lacerations were severe.
While most of us don’t think about fish as being particularly dangerous, the fish found in this lake are likely muskies and Northern Pike. These fish have large teeth and can cause serious injuries. It’s not clear if the family had been warned about the potential for these fish in the lake before they decided to paddleboard there. In the past, a woman was attacked by an otter at the same lake, drawing questions about its safety.
The 11-year-old girl had to go through surgery to repair a tendon in her foot. She also had nine cuts so deep that they required stitches.
Cases like this can potentially result in a liability or personal injury claim against the owner of the facility. For instance, if a park doesn’t have warnings about potentially hazardous animals in the lake or dangerous animals in the woods, someone could file a claim stating that the park, its rangers or others were negligent.
Source: Fox 9, “11-year-old attacked by large fish while swimming in Minnesota lake,” July 21, 2017