Funeral Scheduled for Girl killed by Fish

| July 10, 2015

Lake City

LAKE CITY — Funeral plans are set for the 5-year-old Chiefland girl who died after being struck by a sturgeon that leaped into the boat in which she was riding with her family.

The Gainesville Sun, citing a funeral announcement, reports the funeral for Jaylon Leighann Rippy is planned for Saturday in Chiefland. She died last week, just hours after the sturgeon jumped into the family’s boat and struck her.

Officials say the girl’s mother, Tanya Rippy, suffered facial injuries.  Son Trevor Rippy, 9, suffered a broken wrist related to the incident.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says this was the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River.

The fish are known for leaping more than 7 feet above the water. They can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds

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