[Video] Teenage archer has close shave with death after arrow pierces through her neck

First Published 31, Oct 2017, 3:59 PM IST
Arrow pierces through teenage archers neck
Highlights
  • A 14-year-old archer from Sports Authority of India (Bolpur) had a close shave after an arrow pierced through the right side of her neck during a practice session on Tuesday, October 31
  • A stray arrow hit her near the collarbone. Luckily it has not pierced through the wind pipe and she is now out of danger
  • The girl, Fazila Khatun, is seen with the arrow pierced through the skin in the right side of the neck at the hospital

A 14-year-old archer from Sports Authority of India (Bolpur) had a close shave after an arrow pierced through the right side of her neck during a practice session on Tuesday, October 31. Terming it ‘accidental’, SAI regional director MS Goindi said the arrow pierced through the collarbone of Fazila Khatun, but she is ‘out of danger’ recovering at the hospital.

"A stray arrow hit her near the collarbone. Luckily it has not pierced through the wind pipe and she is now out of danger," Goindi told PTI. "The girl was taking rest at a shade a few meters away from the target when the misfired arrow hit her. We have spoken to her family members and the girl has also apologised realising that she should not be sitting close to the target," Goindi said.

In a video, Fazila is seen with the arrow pierced through the skin in the right side of the neck at the hospital.

Calling for a detailed inquiry into the incident, Goindi said: "There's a strict protocol about shooting as when archers go to collect the arrows there is a ceasefire. Only when they return to their respective marking line, the next round of shooting begins. But I don't understand how this has happened." Goindi said that this would not happen again.

"All the coaches are accountable, I will go through the reports to ensure that such mishaps don't happen again," Goindi added. It appears to be a lapse from the coaching staff as, after one set of shooting, a ceasefire is declared when the archers go to their respective targets.

A promising recurve archer, Fazila was inducted as one of the 23 SAI trainees after a trial and district competition earlier in July. She was training to prepare for the Inter-SAI tournament to be held next month.

The video below is graphic in nature. Viewer discretion is strictly advised.

 

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