Fisherman saved after Dover sole jumped down his throat

The 28-year-old man was fishing in Dorset, England, when he chose to hold the 14 cm freshly caught fish over his mouth, reports the Guardian.

A man almost died after a fish became lodged in his throat in a joke gone wrong.

When paramedics arrived at the scene at Boscombe pier in Dorset, they found the angler in a "desperate" situation and their initial attempts to get the man breathing again proved futile. By that time, he'd gone into cardiac arrest.

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

Despite the paramedics artificially ventilating him with a bag and mask his chest remained silent, suggesting there was total airway occlusion and he was not receiving any oxygen.

Ambulance worker Matt Harrison said: "It was clear that we needed to get the fish out or this patient was not going to survive the short journey to Royal Bournemouth Hospital". "I used a laryngoscope to fully extend the mouth and throat and saw what appeared like an altered color of tissue in his throat". The fish broke free and became lodged in the man's throat.

Harrison added: "I have never attended a more weird incident and don't think I ever will - but we're all so glad the patient has no lasting effects from his cardiac arrest, which could so easily have had such a tragic and devastating outcome".

He added he was further anxious that the fish's barbs and gills would get stuck on its way out, but on his sixth attempt, Mr Box managed to remove the fish in one piece.

"I have never attended a more freakish incident and don't think I ever will", Harrison said, according to The Bournemouth Daily Echo.

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