#8220;Using forceps I was able to eventually dislodge the tip of the tail and very carefully, so as not to break the tail off, I tried to remove it #8211; although the fish#8217;s barbs and gills were getting stuck on the way back up.
#8220;We are 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.#8221;
Paramedic Matt Harrison said that when they questioned the man#8217;s friends they explained he had been joking around with the catch and put it over his mouth.
#8220;I used a laryngoscope to fully extend the mouth and throat and saw what appeared like an altered colour of tissue in his throat.
He added: #8220;I have never attended a more bizarre incident and don#8217;t think I ever will.
#8220;Initially we didn#8217;t know the true extent of the situation or what the patient was choking on, but as we questioned them further we were told he had a whole fish stuck in his windpipe.#8221;
#8220;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.