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United Kingdom man resuscitated after fish jumps down throat

13 October 2017

The 28-year-old was joking around with friends at Boscombe in Dorset when he dangled the flat fish he had just caught above his mouth but it managed to wriggle free and slipped down his trachea, completely blocking his airways.

A man's heart stopped after he accidentally swallowed a 14-centimetre long Dover sole on a fishing trip.

Fortunately for the man, paramedics were able to remove the fish with forceps in an ambulance.

With the 6-inch fish stuck in his throat, the man stopped breathing and had a cardiac arrest on the pier in Bournemouth, the Telegraph reports.

Member of Boscombe Pier Sea Anglers Ian Cowie said: "He was kissing the fish when it jumped down his throat".

Mr Harrison said that re-assessment of the patient inside the ambulance indicated further deterioration of his condition and a decline of cardiac output. They said they were very concerned that if the fish broke up as they were trying to hook it out the patient would die.

He and associate Martyn Box, an operations officer, dealt with the man and recovered a heartbeat.

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

He was then artificially ventilated with a bag and mask, but his airway remained blocked and he wasn't receiving any oxygen.

In what Harrison calls the "most bizarre" call he's gotten, he is "so glad the patient has no lasting effects from his cardiac arrest, which could so easily have had such a tragic and devastating outcome".

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

"I was acutely aware that I only had one attempt at getting this right".

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

United Kingdom man resuscitated after fish jumps down throat