The length of the needlefish's snout is 18cm. <small> Cover image via Twitter @alvinmalana </small>
An Indonesian teen recently met in a freak accident when a needlefish jumped out of the ocean and pierced the nape of his neck
<b>Disclaimer: Viewer discretion is advised for the following images.</b></p> <p>According to Makassar Terkini, the incident took place on Saturday, 18 January at South Buton Regency, Southeast Sulawesi.
14-year-old Muhammad Idul was accompanying his father on a fishing trip when the needlefish suddenly jumped out of the ocean towards their boat.
The fish pierced into the left side of his neck and out the right side
Tribun-Timur reported that the teen was initially taken to Siloam Hospital in Tangerang, Indonesia.
On Monday, he was referred to Wahidin General Hospital where a team of five doctors successfully removed the fish’s snout after a two-hour surgery.
Muhammad Idul survived the ordeal and is currently in stable condition
Dr Jayarasti of Wahidin General Hospital said that the teen is responding well and is showing signs of recovery.
However, he has a slight fever, possibly from an infection.
She also told Kompas the fish's snout, which is 18cm long, barely missed his nervous system.</p>
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