THE angler blinded in one eye in the freak accident in which a float pierced his eyeball has talked about how it happened.
Guy Manton was fishing at Dorset’s Todber Manor, when his waggler sprung back and hit him right in the middle of the eye shattering his eye.
After getting out of hospital, he explained the full story, and warned other anglers to be careful in case something similar happens to them.
Yeovil, Somerset-based Guy told Angler’s Mail: “I was fishing for carp on the drop trying to hit fast bites and just before the incident the float flew out on the strike and landed in the tree behind me.
“Soon afterwards I hooked a decent specimen which took me into lily pads before shedding the hook.”
Eye horror when pulling for break
Guy continued: “I was pulling for a break when suddenly the hooklength snapped and as I was using a loaded waggler, it flew towards me like an arrow shot from a bow.
“Before I could move it smacked me right in the middle of the eye. It was such a direct bullseye that it didn’t touch the eye socket but went straight through the pupil – I haven’t even got a black eye.
“It was particularly surprising that it came back straight at me as I was pulling sideways for the break.
“Fishery owner John Candy and his wife were great and soon got me into an ambulance.
“I was taken to Salisbury Hospital but there was nothing they could do there so was soon transferred to Southampton.
“I underwent a three hour operation, but unfortunately they were unable to save the sight of the eye, just sow it up as neatly as possible.
“I am going back again this week for them to advise whether I keep the eye in place or have a glass eye fitted.”
“Worse things happen”, says Guy
Guy added: “Although it was a nasty injury a lot worse things happen to people and I hope to be back fishing a match in a couple of weeks.
“Judging short distances under three feet is more difficult with one eye but longer sight is fine, and fortunately I shouldn’t have any problem driving.
“I’m also semi-retired anyway so it hasn’t affected my work.
“Like many anglers I’ve been hit a number of times before by tackle coming back at me, but I would advise everyone in future that when pulling for a break they should turn their head away from the direction of the tackle. Then, if it does hit them, it will be the back of the head and not the face,” added the 55-year-old.
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