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Russians throw hand grenade to catch fish

PTI 01 Aug 2012, 12:43:39 PM IST
London, Aug 1: The video of some Russian fishermen throwing a hand grenade to catch fish has become popular on liveleak.com and YouTube.

The fishermen were lucky to be alive after their attempt at catching fish.

Explosives are usually detonated underwater allowing fishermen to collect dead fish as they float to the surface.

But here, the hand grenade, which one of them dropped from their inflatable boat, exploded early just as it hit the water knocking the men over and equipment flying into the water, says a Daily Mail report.

The explosion did not destroy the boat but the men remain still, stunned by the premature blast but seemed able to get up a few moments afterward.

The video, filmed presumably from a nearby boat, captured the moments as their hand grenade fishing went horribly wrong.

Website liveleak.com posted the video online on Monday and it has already been watched more than 100,000 times and another 10,000 on YouTube.

A LiveLeak staffer said: 'It seems like a shot from a movie went horribly wrong.'

Someone commented: 'Hillbilly handfishin' russian style!'

A YouTube user said: 'Guess for dinner they're having salmon... Smoked.'

Hand grenades are a common, but environmentally catastrophic, way of catching fish in some parts of the world.