Dover sole prank leads to man go­ing into car­diac ar­rest

Yorkshire Post - - 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 wig­gled free and jumped down his throat – caus­ing a com­plete block­age.

Paramedics were called and when they ar­rived at Boscombe pier in Dorset 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.

Ini­tial as­sess­ment by para­medic Matt Har­ri­son was that the pa­tient was in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion, with a blocked air­way and was in car­diac ar­rest.

He and col­league Mar­tyn Box, an op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, worked on the man and got a pulse back.

“The boys were giv­ing re­ally good CPR on our ar­rival as in­structed by the con­trol room staff,” Mr Box said.

Mr Har­ri­son added: “I have never at­tended a more bizarre in­ci­dent and don’t think I ever will – but we’re all so glad the pa­tient has no last­ing ef­fects from his car­diac ar­rest.”

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