BERLIN (Reuters) - A fish caught in an east German lake near the
Polish border not only got off the hook but also lured a 46-year-old
fisherman to his death, police in the eastern town of
Eisenhuettenstadt said on Tuesday.
A police spokeswoman said the fish pulled the fishing rod out of
the man's hands and dragged it about 100 metres away from shore at the
Kleinen Pohlitzer lake near Eisenhuettenstadt. The man took off his
clothes and swam after the pole.
An eyewitness said the man reached the rod floating on the surface
but then suddenly stopped moving. The witness, 54, swam out to help
him and pulled the fisherman back to shore, where he was later
pronounced dead, police said.
"I know it sounds like an incredible story but it really happened,"
an Eisenhuettenstadt police spokeswoman said. "It was apparently just
an ordinary fish."
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