Paramedics save man af­ter fish jumps down his throat

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD -

Bri­tish paramedics say a man al­most died when a fish he had just caught jumped down his throat. South Western Am­bu­lance Ser­vice says medics were called to the pier in Boscombe, south­ern Eng­land, on Oct. 5 and found a 28-year-old man in car­diac ar­rest. They were told he had put the 14-cen­time­tre (six-inch) Dover sole over his mouth as a joke, but it wrig­gled free and jumped down his throat, block­ing his air­way. Para­medic Matt Har­ri­son said he tried to re­move the fish with for­ceps “although the fish’s barbs and gills were get­ting stuck on the way back up.” On the sixth at­tempt he man­aged to ex­tract it whole. The am­bu­lance ser­vice said Thurs­day the man, who has not been iden­ti­fied, suf­fered “no last­ing ef­fects” from the mishap.

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