Scuba Diver Gets Caught On Fisherman's Hook
A scuba diver out in waters in Alabama found himself caught on a fisherman's hook and dragged to the surface. Well, that sounds terrifying.
Diver J.T. Thompson had gone out in Orange Beach, Alabama, and was 100ft (around 30m) under the water when he got hooked in the neck, hand and scuba gear.
Orange Beach is used by both fishermen and divers and it's recommended that divers remain within 200ft (60m) of the dive flag.
Speaking to WKRG, Thompson said: "We had a snapper on a spear and myself on a hook."
He explained: "I felt my neck jerk. I immediately grabbed to see what it was... and I knew exactly what it was."
And it wasn't long after finding himself hooked that he began being pulled to the surface.
To make an already weird story that little bit more mysterious, Thompson says he's still in the dark about who the angler was, as by the time he reached the surface the boat had already taken off.
Thompson says he can now see the funny side of the odd incident, adding: "Caught many fish but never planned on getting caught, but I can say I know how it feels."
Although it sounds pretty bloody dangerous, Thompson wasn't hurt in the incident and he's not at all put off by the fact he's been hooked, saying he plans to go diving again soon.
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Bizarrely this isn't the first time a fisherman has 'caught' a diver. All the way back in 2011, a British angler hooked a diver between the legs and reeled him in. Unlucky, mate.
Speaking at the time, the fisherman told The Mirror: "My mates fell about laughing. I said, 'sorry mate, I didn't see you,' and he just said it was very murky down there.
"His girlfriend then surfaced, helped him remove my tackle from his tackle, handed the hook back to me and apologised."
The man said he and his friends had been fishing in Devon when he managed to land the fella who was diving about 16 yards off-shore.
He added: "He didn't have a safety buoy, which they're supposed to have while underwater.
"My wife said she was glad I didn't bring him home as she couldn't have eaten a whole one."
Fair play, good banter from his wife.