By SERENA MARIA DANIELS
The Orange County Register
A Huntington Beach man is dead in what authorities are calling a “freak accident” after he choked on a piece of bait fish in front of a boat full of school children in Long Beach.
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. Lifeguards tried to revive Twaddle, a longtime fisherman, while en-route to land, where Long Beach paramedics were waiting.
Twaddle was pronounced dead at 1:13 p.m. at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacIllie said.
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