Recently I have posted about people and fish, in both cases the person should have left the fish well alone and they would have been ok. Here is another in the same vein.
When I started writing this post it was with the title ‘don’t swim with your mouth open’. That was deleted when I read the article about the coroners inquest. The title is now ‘don’t fish with explosives’.
It turns out that Attard positioned a friend further down the river, climbed a tree, and threw some explosives into a swimming hole before jumping in the water to retrieve the fish. Apparently his usual practice was to put one in his mouth once his hands were full. Attard had no top teeth so it was quite easy for the slippery little critter to slide into his throat.
It sounds as though bystanders tried a few things to keep Attard breathing, but I am not sure how effective a riverbank tracheotomy would be unless it is performed by an actual doctor…
There are a lot of reasons why fishing with explosives is a bad idea, this is just another to add to the list.