27-year-old Hugo Pereira da Silva is lucky to be alive following a fishing trip he was on with a friend at the Rio Paranaiba dam in Araguari, Brazil.

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Hugo was hit in the face with a three-foot spear that pierced his head all the way through. The shaft of the harpoon was just inches away from killing him or causing more serious injuries.

Doctors were able to remove the spear and Hugo was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Deputy Lt. Lucenildo Batista Alves of the Araguari fire department said, “Unfortunately, they were not careful with the positioning, the distance. And the waters of the river in our region are murky, especially in the very dirty rainy season.”

“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 said. “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.”

Military Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais
Military Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais

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