Child needs stitches after fish attack in the Jourdan
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 8, 2014, 20:53
A New Orleans child was attacked by an unknown fish Saturday while rafting in the Jourdan River.
Sandy Brooks of Houma said Monday that she and her family had gone on a party-barge trip Saturday behind the Hollywood Casino near the Jourdan River.
During the trip, she said, her 12-year-old grandson, Evan Simmons of New Orleans, got on a raft and ventured into the water.
"He slipped off the raft and the next thing we knew, we heard him screaming," Brooks said. "When he got back to the boat, his legs and feet were all cut up."
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Spokesperson Melissa Scallan said Monday that a DMR boat unit picked up Simmons and took him to the boat launch near the Hollywood Casino, where an ambulance was waiting.
Scallan said DMR could not determine what type of fish or animal had attacked Simmons.
Simmons did not see what type of creature attacked him, but Brooks said she believes her grandson was bitten by an alligator gar.
"I looked it up and all signs look like it was an alligator gar," she said.
Alligator gars are known to live in the waters behind the casino and the Jourdan River, however, there are relatively few confirmed reports of them attacking humans in the past decade.
Simmons suffered injuries to his lower legs and feet and had to have several stitches, Brooks said. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Regardless of what bit him, Brooks said, boaters and swimmers should be aware of dangerous fish.
"We had a great time in Bay St. Louis except for this," Brooks said.