OUTER BANKS, North Carolina - A young boy fishing off a pier in North Carolina with his parents was the victim of a freak accident last week when a barb from a stingray being hauled upon a fishing boat broke off from the animal and flew straight toward the little boy's stomach. It lodged itself in his belly and had to be surgically removed.
Everyone involved claims the little boy was very lucky after such an incident, including this writer; however, most fishermen disagree. Said Rusty Anchor (what a coincidence huh?), "if that boy hadn't have been where he was when he was, he wouldn't have gotten stuck with the barb. How can you call him lucky? I think he must be just about the unluckiest kid I know."
Another fisherman, Hugh G. Fishtale (yeah I know, what are the odds?), who heard the story had this to say "Lots of folks is saying that God was watching out for this little boy. Not that I'm an atheist or nothin', but I do have to wonder if God had been at the watch a few minutes before the danged barb left the danged stingray and flew into the little tyke's belly, God wouldn't have had to do double duty and make sure the little guy made it out of this alive. I'd say God has some training yet to do on being a careful watchman. And if it weren't God but one of his angels, then I'd send that angel back to guardian school."
The little boy's family is just happy their son is doing so well, but it's gonna be a while before they take their son anywhere again. Said the little boy's mom, "Those fishermen are right. Until we can determine why our son was left unattended by the celestial security watch, we're going to be really careful about just where we take our son from now on."