An­gler saved from choke death af­ter live fish falls down throat

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARTIN FRICKER

AN an­gler nearly died when a fish he had just caught slipped down his throat as he jok­ingly pre­tended to eat it. He went into car­diac ar­rest as the 6in Dover sole blocked his res­pi­ra­tory tract.

Pals called 999 and per­formed CPR till paramedics ar­rived. Af­ter six at­tempts the team re­moved the fish – still alive – with for­ceps. By then the vic­tim, 28, had not breathed for three min­utes.

But he was re­vived in the am­bu­lance on Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, given a hospi­tal check and dis­charged.

Wit­ness Carl Smith, 31, also fish­ing there at the time, said: “The man joked, ‘This sole is bite-size’ and held it above his open mouth.

“But it slipped from his fin­gers straight to the back of his throat.

“He pan­icked, ran down the pier then hit the deck. He couldn’t talk and we knew he was chok­ing.” Para­medic Matt Har­ri­son said: “It was clear we had to get the fish out or this pa­tient would die. But its barbs and gills were get­ting stuck on the way back up.

“I was acutely aware I had just one more at­tempt at get­ting this right. If I lost grip or a bit broke off and it slid fur­ther down there was noth­ing more we could have done.

“Fi­nally the fish came out in one piece. I don’t think I’ll ever at­tend a more bizarre call-out.”

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