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article imageMan withdraws from race after being struck in head by fish

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 26, 2010 in World
Kansas City - A man in the US was forced to drop out of a canoe and kayak race after a 30-pound carp jumped out of the water and struck him in the head.
Brad Pennington, from Houston, Texas was kayaking in a 340-mile (550-kilometre) race on the Missouri River in Kansas on August 24.
The Telegraph reported that the 43-year-old lawyer was already was already having difficulty in steering his streamlined boat, and was attempting to return to shore for repairs when he was struck by the Asian silver carp. The fish are known to jump as boats pass.
Pennington said that after being hit by the carp he had a “pounding, pounding headache that kept getting worse.”
“It’s definitely a risk of being out on the river,” The Telegraph reported Tracy Hill, of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, as saying. “It’s extremely serious. Those things can kill you.”
Hill and his colleagues wear construction hard hats when working on the river. While conducting tests on the river this week, he was hit by several carp.
Asian carp were imported in the 1970s to control algae and plankton in fish ponds, but got into the wild. Since getting into the waterways, there has been a lot of concern that they will take over from native species.
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