Quentin Tokar appeared on TODAY Thursday wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Just take your best shot.” And a stingray did just that to the plucky 10-year-old while he was on a family vacation, nearly killing him when its 4-inch barb pierced Quentin’s belly.
But unlike famed “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, Quentin survived the attack, and he joined his parents Peter and Candace Tokar to tell Meredith Vieira how good fortune — and a Good Samaritan in the form of a nurse on the scene — smiled upon the family that day.
Quentin and three of his siblings had traveled with their parents from their Maryland home to the tourist destination of Outer Banks, N.C., and on the evening of Aug. 4, they ventured out onto a pier for some moonlight fishing. The family was intrigued when a group of fishermen pulled a stingray out of the water, and watched as one of the men tried to wrest the barb out of the creature with a pliers.
Instead, the barb went shooting eight feet across the pier, directly into Quentin.
“The barb was sticking out of his stomach, and of course my initial reaction was to yank it out,” Peter Tokar told Vieira.
“But fortunately, there was a nurse on the pier and another gentleman who was with us, and they both screamed at me, ‘No, don’t pull it out!’ ”
Boy, his 'What I did over summer vacation" report should trump the rest of the kids'.