A Roosevelt man died yesterday after a freak accident while on a fishing outing with his family last week.
Jaime Chicas, 21, was fishing off a jetty at the west end of Jones Beach on Friday when his 3-ounce lead sinker came out of the water and hit him in the face and then lodged in his brain.
"Suddenly, we saw him laying on the rocks," said Jose Gonzalez, 30, Chicas' brother-in-law. Gonzalez and his cousin, who both had been fishing with Chicas, ran over to find Chicas bleeding from his head.
"We never could have imagined this," Gonzalez said through an interpreter.
The trio had gone fishing a few times before and visited the beach often, Gonzalez said. While the sun set, Chicas kept fishing, as the others began packing their belongings. As Gonzalez and his cousin walked toward the beach, they heard Chicas make a whimpering noise behind them.
After looking at X-rays, doctors at Nassau University Medical Center, where Chicas was taken, saw that the sinker of Chicas' fishing pole had just missed his right eye and entered his head at the bridge in his nose. The momentum of the weight continued across the middle of his brain into the back left side of his head, where it stopped, neurologist Imran Wahedna said.
"There was so much force that it kept going and it lodged through the back of his head," Wahedna said of the lead sinker. "The trauma was simply too severe."
Chicas was pronounced brain-dead at 2 p.m. yesterday, from severe head trauma and herniation, Wahedna said.
Wahedna and New York Fishing Tackle Trade Association president Gene Young all said they had never seen anything similar to Chicas' injury.
"This has to be a one-in-a-billion thing," Young said.
Chicas, a native of Lolotiquillo Morazán, El Salvador, had moved in with his sister, Nohemy, 27, and Gonzalez last year.
On Sunday mornings, he played soccer at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, where five men in the same soccer league were hit by lightning on Sunday, Gonzalez said.
Chicas is also survived by his parents, Jose and Feliciana Chicas; his wife, Fatima, and his 1-year-old daughter, who live in El Salvador; and his brother, Julio Chicas, of Hempstead.
Chicas' family is trying to raise funds to send his body back to El Salvador for burial.
This was posted before, but it's still a sad story. Not sure how he could have made this happen though. Crazy stuff.
Yes this was posted before. Sad indeed, I've always said when your number is up don't matter what your doing your out of here.
If the Master of the Universe, numbers the hairs of your head, why would anyone think he has not numbered your days also?
i used to fish for bass alot.....and i remember BASS magazine running an article on this...showing many xrays of folks who had snags and pullled and pulled...adn the bullet weight came flying back at incredible speed and imbedded in legs, arms etc.....gotta be careful out there......lots of tork builds up pulling on a stuck object with these super lines.....
I worry about this all the time. The other day i was wade fishing a topwater popper and a big bird flew from out of nowhere and hovered inches over it. Well i yanked it as hard as i could to prevent the bird from eating trebbles and needles to say the lure flew back past me inches from my face twenty feet back. Weight or hook to the face, both would suck.
This dude lived.... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/4315748.stm
Wow i have seen surfers get hit at the va beach pier but jones beach that guy must havt casted a mile.
yep, ya get snagged just cut it. Tackle can be replaced.
maybe they should add to the warning label, may cause cancer or could cause a fatal blow.
Anyone that's been fishing a while more than likely have had the thought of the projectile missile potential.
I wrap the line around my hand a couple times and then give it several tugs and a steady pul in one direction and then another. If it doesn't come loose with using hand pressure....I cut the line.
It's scary to watch anglers near me on piers put so much "pull back" pressure with their rods when trying to free snags. I keep my eyes on em. Unlike the courtesy call you hear from experienced bait slingers, snagsters never give you the heads up.........Duck Or Bleed
But my worst fear is that of getting hooked by a caster on the 1 o'clock position release and being tossed over the rail.
one New Yorker down anohter 31 million to go
That is sad that goes to show you why shock leaders are nessesary.