Huge pike attacks man at canal savaging his fingers and leaving him in hospital

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A huge fish has attacked a man at a canal leaving him in hospital.

Retired teacher Steve Lightfoot was targeted by a pike in Macclesfield Canal, near Bosley, Cheshire, when it sank its teeth into his hand, CheshireLive reports.

Steve, who lives on a houseboat, was treated in hospital and says a week later his bandaged fingers sometimes still bleed from the deep cut after his run-in with the fish.

The 55-year-old said: "When I put my hand in there was a flurry of water and I felt a sharp pain and this pike was falling back into the water.

”I looked at my hand and it was red with blood, I wrapped it in a flannel but that wasn’t big enough so I used a towel.

”At the hospital they had never seen this before so had to research it. The pike is a member of the barracuda family, it is nasty and shredded my fingers.”

Although there is no lasting damage Steve says he is now wary about what may lurk beneath the surface following the grisly incident on Monday, September 7.

At the hospital medics gave him a tetanus jab and antibiotics "the size of horse tablets," according to Steve.

He added: "Things are always falling off the boat and into the water but I won't be putting my hand in again.

"I was wary about Weil's disease (a bacterial infection spread by animals) but it never crossed my mind about fish."

A spokesman for the Canal and River Trust said: "The pike's mouth contains a fierce arsenal of teeth, with rows of backward pointing, razor sharp teeth in the top jaw and larger needle-like teeth in the lower jaw."

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