A YOUNG lad is lucky to be alive after a pole float speared him in the chest… and punctured his lung.

West Midlander Tom Mitchenall, 16, was pole fishing for carp in a match at Whitehall AC’s Club Lake.

The float came back with such force it went through a football shirt before piercing his right lung.

To read Tom’s amazing full story of the freak accident check out this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.