20 May 2008

Photographer skewered by javelin

Newspaper photographer Ryan McGeeney... was spared serious injury in the mishap, and even managed to snap a photo of his speared leg while others worked to help him.

"If I didn't, it would probably be my editor's first question when I got back," McGeeney said.

[He] was taking pictures of the discus event and apparently wandered into off-limits area set aside for the javelin throw. Striking just below the knee, the javelin tip went through the skin and emerged on the other side of his leg. "It wasn't real painful. I was very lucky in that it didn't hit any blood vessels, nerves, ligaments or tendons," McGeeney said.

Much of the javelin was cut off at the scene. The piece in McGeeney's leg was removed at a hospital, and he received 13 stitches.

(Credit to Nothing to do with Arbroath)

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