Fisherman Nearly Dies After Freak Fish Accident

Fisherman Nearly Dies After Freak Fish Accident

A fisherman nearly died after a Dover Sole he had caught jumped down his throat.

However, paramedics were able to clear his airway after drawing the sole free in their desperate bid to save the man's life.

He stopped breathing, turned blue and suffered a cardiac arrest at the scene on Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth.

Members of Boscombe Pier Sea Anglers performed CPR on their friend while waiting for the emergency crews.

Kissing a fish is common practice among fishermen as a celebration of the catch but this one didn't go to plan.

Operations officer Martyn Box also attended the incident.

SWAS paramedic Matt Harrison said they knew time was very short.

Further assessment of his airway indicated that despite artificially ventilating him with a bag and mask, his chest remained silent, suggesting that there was total airway occlusion and despite best efforts he was not receiving any oxygen.

"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", said Mr Harrison.

They used a laryngoscope to extend the mouth to inspect the throat to see the fish trapped inside.

"I was intensely mindful that I just had one endeavor at getting this perfectly fine I lost hold or a piece severed and it slid farther of sight at that point there was nothing more that we could have done to recover the obstacle".

"Utilizing a McGills forceps I could in the long run unstick the tip of the tail and painstakingly, so as not to sever the tail I endeavored to expel it - in spite of the fact that the fish's points and gills were stalling out in transit move down".

Harrison said the fish, a dover sole, finally came out after six attempts.

The angler was revived in the ambulance and after being treated and checked over in hospital was allowed home having made a full recovery.

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