Imagine filling in that ACC form… ouchies


A plucky German nudist out for a swim at a local lake was left in agony after an angler hooked his worm.

Herbert Fendt – an alias the embarrassed man adopted to spare his family’s blushes – was taking a dip in the Kaisersee, near Augsburg in south-eastern Germany, when the tackle-on-tackle action occurred.

Initially the man thought he’d caught his todger on some weeds in the lake – a popular spot for fisherman and nudists – but soon discovered the cause of the pain.

“I cried out to the fisherman ashore shouting ‘do not pull, do not pull’. I was terrified he was going to try to reel me in,” Fendt told the local press.

Back at the lakeside, Fendt was unable to remove the hook – but he cut the fishing line and cycled home before he drove to the hospital where a slightly amused doc was on hand to help.

Fendt, who wasn’t allowed to shower or swim for a fortnight, said the fisherman wasn’t sympathetic to his plight. “He told me it is not an official bathing lake”.

“I tried to explain to him that he should take into account the swimmers who use the lake, and that I am unaware of any official prohibition to swim here but he did not care.”

Undeterred by the penile peril at the bathing spot, Fendt said he was planning in future to swim in the middle of the lake, “just to be safe”.

The lake is owned by a local fishing association and its president, Sylvia Fischer – no, really – was reported as saying that anglers should be mindful of bathers but that people swim “at their own risk”

Bizarre.  The sort of thing that if you saw it as a plot line in a movie, you would reject it as too far-fetched to be real.

Even so.   Ouch.


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  • Hard1

    This is amazing, that a country with a much larger population than NZ has lakes you can still swim in.

    • The ones set aside for fishing, apparently.

    • KeepLeft_VoteRight

      The key difference maybe that the government doesn’t interfere with it..

      “The lake is owned by a local fishing association”

  • Phoenician

    I think the fisher commented “You didn’t put up much of a fight!”

  • oldmanNZ

    Imagine if the fisherman caught a fish as well, the blood may have attracted some eels. Once those bite, its far worse

  • Kiwi As

    A new species perhaps, scrotumus testi ???

  • Digger

    ACC form pain – I’m waiting for the hand specialist, having snapped a tendon in my right hand. I get given a clipboard and pen – “Fill this in please”. Only four pages.

    • Mountie

      Had the same problem after carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. A hotel receptionist insisted I fill out the form at the check in.
      In the end I got her to fill it in but she still insisted I sign it, so I jammed the pen through my fingers and made a cross, all was well then I was allowed to go to my room.