'Bullet-proof' bra saves woman's life in hunting incident in Germany

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A bra may have saved a woman's life in a hunting accident in northeastern Germany. The 41-year-old tourist from North Rhine-Westphalia survived being accidentally shot thanks to her bra, which miraculously stopped the bullet, local media reported.

The woman was on a bike ride with her husband when the incident happened in Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania, German daily Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung reported.

The couple were crossing a field between the towns of Gadebusch and Köchelstor when they unknowingly found themselves in the area of a boar hunt.

The woman felt a sudden pain in her chest and it turned out she had been hit by a ricochet. A hematoma measuring about 1.5 by 1.5 centimeters formed. Luckily, the underwire of her bra had deflected the shot, otherwise the woman would have most probably sustained more serious injuries. The German tourist came away with just a bruise and was taken to a doctor to Gadebusch.

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The woman's husband reportedly spotted the alleged shooter in a neighboring farm and approached him to explain what had happened.

"Those in charge of the hunt then immediately broke it up," police spokesperson André Falke told the newspaper. Investigators have already identified the man.

Gadebusch Criminal Commision is investigating the incident on allegations of injury caused by negligence.

In 2008, a bullet fired by a companion during a boar hunt hit a 50-year-old hunter in Mecklenburg, northern Germany. The man died, Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung reported.