Florida Keys tourist dies in encounter with eagle ray

MARATHON — Dressed in a bathing suit, Judy Kay Zagorski was looking forward to the day's fishing trip in the Keys with her sister and elderly parents. But she never got to cast a line. Just 10 minutes after they left the dock about 10 a.m. Thursday, the Michigan tourist's life ended with a freak encounter with a 75-pound spotted eagle ray.

The large, flat fish jumped into the air and struck the sisters who were sitting together in front of the console of a 25-foot fishing boat going about 25 mph. The rented boat was headed out Key Colony Beach Channel to the Atlantic Ocean.

Zagorski's sister survived, suffering a bad bruise. She was treated and released from Fishermen's Hospital. But Zagorski wasn't as fortunate.

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