AN UXBRIDGE angler has told how doctors let him off the hook after he managed to spear himself in the neck with his fishing line.
Peter Inskip, 42, was fishing at Mayfields Lake, near West Drayton, on August 19 when the freak accident happened.
His line got caught in a tree, and as he tried to yank it out it flew back towards him Ð and the two-inch lead weight pierced his neck and chest.
Mr Inskip, who was in hospital for five days, said: "I am lucky it just missed all my major arteries. There wasn't a lot of blood because it went in cleanly, and fortunately there were some other anglers about who called the ambulance.
"If you speak to other anglers they will tell you this happens hundreds of times, but in my case it went right into me."
Mr Inskip, an engineer who lives in Lees Road, Uxbridge, needed six stitches in his throat, as well as having his chest sliced open by doctors to retrieved the lead weight.
He is now recovering but claims that the incident has still not put him off his hobby.
"I'm going away for a few days, and when I'm back I will be going fishing again," he vowed.