Skip to comments.Lobster pinches swimmer's wallet
Posted on 08/13/2006 11:05:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A BRITISH swimmer who felt the pinch after losing his wallet during a late-night dip in the sea was convinced it had vanished - until it turned up clamped between a lobster's claws.
The wallet was recovered by a diver who caught the crustacean red-handed on the sea bed.
After picking up the offending lobster, he pried the wallet from the creature's claws and after finding a business card inside, handed it into a hairdressing salon.
Swimmer Paul Westlake, 30, from Plymouth on the southwest English coast, received a surprise telephone call from a staff member at the salon he uses, who told him the wallet had been salvaged from a lobster's pincers.
Mr Westlake said he wanted to thank the diver-cum-good Samaritan in person, but his identity remains a mystery.
"I have never eaten a lobster and I never will now," vowed the grateful swimmer.
"The wallet is intact, but it looks a bit messed up," he told the Plymouth Evening Standard newspaper.
Mr Westlake lost his wallet when he and his brother dived into Plymouth Sound for a long-distance swimming race following a boozy evening in a local pub.
Realising their limitations, the washed-out brothers aborted the mission and returned to the shore - where they realised a wallet had slipped into the sea.
A relieved Mr Westlake collected it from the salon and found the bank cards still worked despite their plunge into the briny sea and subsequent seizure.
Amy Harvey, a salon employee, said: "We were contacted by a diver who said that he had found a wallet with our details inside.
"We actually thought it was a joke when he rang. He said it was found in the claw of a lobster - which has now been eaten."
What a great tale!
Aside from the fact that this guy went swimming with his wallet in his pocket, this statement only informs me that his stupidity isn't limited to losing his wallet while swimming.
>>>"a long distance swimming race following a boozy evening at a pub">>>>>
I suspected that alcohol was involved.
Maybe he's Jewish.
I wonder how much that lobster drank?
That lobster was obviously a Democrat.
Maybe, but with a name like Westlake - I doubt it.
The B-52's - Rock Lobster
That isn't 'today's' music. That is vintage alternative rock. Most kids today never heard of the B52s.
I can say "Out of the loop."
I also like cheese!
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