April 02, 2009
Joke Turns Lethal; Angler Chokes On Bait
By Dave Hurteau
Jeff Twaddle, 54, a deckhand on the charter boat Gale Force, based out of the Rainbow Marina near the Port of Long Beach, died on a fishing trip Friday after he put the fish in his mouth as a joke for the 20 kids on-board while out on the water, authorities said.
The joke quickly turned fatal when he started choking, lost consciousness, and was unresponsive.