A man almost died after a fish became lodged in his throat in a joke gone wrong.
The 28-year-old man, whose name was not released, was fishing on Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth on October 5 when he caught a 6-inch Dover sole, reports The Guardian.
Friends were performing CPR, as directed by an emergency medical dispatcher on the line from the 999 control room.
He and a colleague, Martyn Box, an operations officer, worked on the man and got a pulse back.
Despite attaching him to a ventilation machine, oxygen was still not entering his lungs and paramedics took six attempts to pull the fish from his throat by the tail. They said they were very concerned that if the fish broke up as they were trying to hook it out the patient would die.
Harrison said re-assessment of the patient inside the ambulance indicated further deterioration of his condition and a decline of cardiac output.
"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", he said.
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 as if I lost grip or a piece broke off and it slid further out of sight then there was nothing more that we could have done to retrieve the obstruction", Mr Box explained.
Mr Harrison said the fish's barbs and gills became stuck but he eventually succeeded in pulling it out in one piece with forceps.
Harrison said the fish, a dover sole, finally came out after six attempts.