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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 February, 2004, 20:05 GMT
Goldfish revived after car crash
A goldfish has cheated death, after being thrown 15 feet in a car crash on the M1 in Leicestershire.

Four-year-old Bercy was only discovered when police were sweeping up glass after the accident.

Despite being out of water for 15 minutes, paramedics revived him after filling a cardboard tray with water.

He was reunited with owner, 23-year-old Sophia Underhill - who suffered only minor injuries in the crash - and both are doing swimmingly.

We have to be ready to deal with all sorts of things in the police but I have to say that this was a first for me
Sergeant Mark Watling
Police were called to the incident at about 1330 GMT on 1 February and officers found a single vehicle on its side.

A Leicestershire police spokesman said: "When moving the vehicle - which was blocking lane three of the carriageway - the attending officers discovered that the inside of the car was soaking wet and covered in small coloured stones.

"A fish tank, which had obviously been upended in the collision, lay empty in the footwell.

"Realising that people don't usually transport a fish tank full of water unless there's fish in it, road policing officer Sergeant Watling searched the car but to no avail. "

Happy ending

Officers cleaning up the scene then found the fish lying 15 feet from the car, thrown clear by the force of the collision.

Bercy was quickly taken to the paramedics who provided the cardboard tray and some water.

At first, officers thought he had lost a fin in the accident but Miss Underhill later confirmed this was an old injury and that apart from some small marks on one side he was unscathed.

When police arrived at the scene the first thing I said was 'I think I've killed my fish'
Sophia Underhill
Sergeant Mark Watling of the road policing said: "Thankfully this incident ended happily and both Sophia and Bercy escaped uninjured.

"We have to be ready to deal with all sorts of things in the police but I have to say that this was a first for me!"

Miss Underhill, a third-year geography student at the University of Leicester, said she had been travelling back to the city from her family home in London when the accident happened.

She said: "I was driving back up the M1 when I heard a loud noise and lost control of the car.

"The next thing I knew the vehicle had overturned and come to a halt.

"When police arrived at the scene the first thing I said was 'I think I've killed my fish', they didn't seem to know what I was talking about."

She added: "I couldn't believe that he was all right."

She said she was recovering from the accident in London and that the fish was being looked after by her grandparents in Leicester.


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