NANFA-- News: Teen Dies After Prized Fish Stuck in Throat

Sajjad Lateef (
Tue, 19 Aug 2003 10:52:08 -0700 (PDT)

Note: Per FishBase, kantrob/kantrawb is the Kissing gourami
(Helostoma temminckii) .

If you do go collecting and catch a fish with your bare hands,
please keep this incident in mind.

-- Sajjad

Teen Dies After Prized Fish Stuck in Throat

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian teenager died of suffocation after a
fish he caught jumped out of his hands and lodged in his throat,
newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Lim Vanthan, 17, and his family were planting rice at the weekend near
their home on the outskirts of the impoverished Southeast Asian
nation's capital, when they decided to go for a swim.

During his dip, Lim Vanthan caught a prized eight-inch fish, called
kantrob in Cambodian, with his hands.

But the high school student's excitement was short-lived when his catch
squirmed out of his hands and jumped into his mouth, where it became
stuck because of barbs running down its back.

He died of suffocation before he could receive treatment at a local
clinic, the newspapers said.

"This is an accident, but it shows we must all be careful," concluded
the Khmer-language Rasmei Kampuchea (Light of Cambodia) newspaper.
"Accidents can happen at any time."


Sajjad Lateef
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