KOTA KINABALU: A 30-year-old mechanic died after being attacked by a swordfish while on a fishing trip off the waters of Kampung Limau Limauan in northern Kudat district.
Azlieman Mantinpan, from the state Agriculture Department, died of excessive bleeding after the swordfish, weighing about 7kg, pierced him in the chest on Monday night.
He was in the water with his friends when he was attacked in the incident, described as the first such case in the district.
Kudat acting OCPD Asst Supt Hassim Justin said Azliemans friends rushed him to the Kudat hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The other known fatality occurred in 1999 along the shores of Pantai Sri Tujuh in Kota Baru, involving a flying fish.
The 1.8kg fish was believed to have leapt out of the water and lanced the side of a 52-year-old fisherman, puncturing his lungs.