Volusia teen recovers after barracuda shreds arm, chest

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Volusia County teenager is recovering after a barracuda leapt into his boat, and tore into his arm and chest Sunday.

The 13-year-old boy was fishing with his dad about 18 miles from shore when it happened and had to undergo surgery.

Parker King showed WFTV the dozens of stitches and staples on his arm and chest from the barracuda attack.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s real life or anything. It feels like a dream or a nightmare,” King said.

King said he and his father were fishing for snapper when he spotted the barracuda.

“It was just swimming around the boat like five times, so I was like, ‘Dad, let’s try and catch it,’” King said.

His dad baited the hook once, but the fish bit through the line. The second time, he snagged it.

His dad said it startled the fish, and it shot out of the water and into their boat.

“My dad set the hook and as soon as he set the hook, all I heard was ‘Watch out!’ And I put my hands over my head and it just shot up into the boat,” said King.

The father and son frantically headed toward land.

Parker said he sat in pain with a towel on his arm for 30 to 40 minutes before getting to land and to a hospital.

Now that it’s all over, he’s excited to tell his story to all of his friends.

Parker still has several weeks before he has to return to school, which should give him time to heal.