Fisherman who nearly died when Dover sole jumped down his throat as he tried to KISS it admits he would do it again

AN angler who nearly choked to death on a Dover sole he tried to kiss has admitted he would still pucker up for a fish in the future.

Sam Quilliam said he would consider continuing with the ritual in future even though it nearly killed him — and his girlfriend has banned him.

 Sam Quilliam on This Morning. He admitted he would still consider giving fish a kiss - even though it nearly killed him

The 28-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest on Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth, Dorset last week when he accidentally choked on a six-inch sole.

The fish leapt into his mouth as he tried to give it a kiss before putting it back into the water.

"It wriggled in my hand, and that was enough for me to open my mouth and gasp", he said on ITV's This Morning.

"I stuck my hand as far down my mouth I could get it", he added, but the fish's slimy scales meant he couldn't get purchase and he passed out.

 Sam Quilliam and paramedic Matt Harrison told their unbelievable story on the This Morning sofa
 Matt Harrison holds the tongs he used to extract the fish from Sams windpipe
 Sam Quilliam at Boscombe pier where he was saved by paramedic Matt Harrison - he is holding a larger Dover sole than the one he choked on
 Sam Quilliam went into cardiac arrest when the fish (not pictured) became lodged in his throat
 Sam, centre, and his girlfriend Sandra Souto, who has banned him from kissing fish

Paramedic Matt Harrison, who helped save Sam, has said: “I have never attended a more bizarre incident and don’t think I ever will."

But keen fisherman Sam, who is a member of Boscombe Pier Sea Anglers Club, insisted to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that he would do it again.

Philip asked: "Would you kiss a fish?", to which Sam hesitantly replied, "Yea, maybe".

 Sam posing with one of his previous catches. He said he could continue puckering up to fish
 Boscombe Pier, in Bournemouth, where Sam suffered a cardiac arrest

Earlier, Sam said that his girlfriend, Holly, has banned him puckering up to his catches ever again.

On his recovery, Sam added: "I've had my check ups and I'm healing well".

The tradition of kissing fish comes from legendary Aussie angler Rex Hunt, who Sam described has his "idol".

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