Teen bitten by fish while dipping toes in river near Rugeley Trent Valley railway station
Written by The Newsroom on August 1, 2019
A teenager from Burntwood out for a walk on the hottest day of the year had a shock when she was bitten by a FISH when she dipped her toes in the water to cool off.
Madison Ewer, 16, from Sunnymead Road in Burntwood was out for a walk last Thursday (July 25) as the mercury rocketed 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit). She put her feet in the River Trent close to Rugeley Trent Valley railway station at around 6pm, when she suddenly yelped in pain as she was bitten by a pike on her right foot!
The voracious aquatic carnivore decided lunch had been served and left Madison with a huge wound, teeth marks and blood pouring down her leg.
Madison told BirminghamLive: “We had a really long walk – we had been walking for three hours in the heat. My feet were burning and I saw people dipping their feet in the canal. So me and my friend thought we would do it as well.
“I put my feet in for about a minute and a fish bit my foot. It was bleeding everywhere.
“I put my slider back on down the road. I saw a fisherman who gave me a bandage and plaster. He said it would have been a pike.
“It was so painful. I couldn’t walk on my foot. I had to limp to walk. It’s quite swollen and quite bruised.”
Madison’s slider show had blood on it and her mum came out to help her. She asked the fisherman on a canal boat for help and was patched up.
Madison’s mum Sarah received a call from her daughter and drove to the scene and took her to the Samuel Johnson Hospital. “I was really shocked.
“Her foot was really bleeding and you could see the teeth marks. It must have been a really big fish.
“She didn’t know what it was to begin with. A bloke she spoke to was fishing all day and had not caught a thing! He said it was most definitely a pike. They’re the only fish in the canal.
“I picked her up and took her to the hospital. She’s been given antibiotics.”
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