BOURNEMOUTH, England (WFLA) — A kiss took an unexpected turn for one fisherman after the fish he was smooching jumped down his throat.
Sam Quilliam is an amateur fisherman in Britain and he was going to kiss the fish before releasing it in a tribute to an Australian fishing show.
The fish blocked his airways, triggering a heart attack. Friends rushed to perform CPR before paramedics arrived.
Removing the fish had to be done carefully as its gills and barbs dug in.
One paramedic said that in 17 years on the job, he’s never seen anything like this.
Quilliam is doing OK Monday.
“I’m alright. I’m a bit shaken up by it all, really. You just don’t expect it to happen. People do things like this all the time. You just don’t expect it to happen to you,” Quilliam said.
Medics said they were completing a call nearby and arrived to help save Quilliam within 5 minutes.
REPORTER: Would you kiss a fish again?
SAM QUILLIAM: “Probably yeah, just a bit bigger, and not a sole.”
REPORTER: Is it traditional for a fisherman to kiss a fish. Why did you perform that act?
SAM QUILLIAM: “I think it stems from Rex Hunt. There was a fishing program in Australia and his catchphrase and things was to kiss the fish before it went back, so I guess that’s where it’s picked up from.”
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