Chok­ing an­gler is sole sur­vivor

Western Mail - - NEWS -

A PRANK al­most proved fa­tal when a 28-year-old man swal­lowed a Dover sole he had just caught.

The man had been jok­ing around with the 14cm fish and put it over his mouth, but it wrig­gled free and jumped down his throat – caus­ing a com­plete block­age.

Paramedics were called, and when they ar­rived at Boscombe pier in Dorset on the night of Oc­to­ber 5 they found the man, who has not been iden­ti­fied, had col­lapsed and stopped breath­ing.

Friends were per­form­ing CPR, as di­rected by an emer­gency med­i­cal dis­patcher on the line from the 999 con­trol room.

Paramedic Matt Har­ri­son Mr Har­ri­son said after six at­tempts the fish came out in one piece.

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