Burgess hailed a hero for saving choking man


South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess has been labelled a hero for reportedly saving a man's life when he choked on seafood in a fish-eating challenge.

Foxsports.com.au said the Rabbitohs squad were partaking in the challenge at the Sydney Fish Market on Friday when a member of staff from Decosti Seafood joined in.

The man, who was not named, was said to have got into difficulties when food was caught in his throat - prompting Burgess to intervene.

Burgess, who rejoined the Rabbitohs last November after opting to switch codes again after playing for England in their dismal Rugby World Cup campaign, has now been hailed as a potential lifesaver.

A witness told foxsports.com.au: "The Souths boys were at work doing a fish-eating challenge and then one of the managers got involved.

"They were eating and some seafood got caught in his throat and he started choking. Sam raced straight over and grabbed him and started putting his body weight on him to try and get it out.

"He was helping him for about 30 to 40 seconds and instead of spitting it out he ended up swallowing it, but if Sam hadn't have helped it could have been bad. I'm telling you Sam is a hero."

Sydney Fish Market tweeted: "All we can say is that @SamBurgess8 is a true #hero. And we are not talking about on the footy field. @SSFCRABBITOHS #lifesaver #thankyou."

Burgess replied: "@SydFishMarket @SSFCRABBITOHS glad I could help. I hope everyone is ok. Thanks for having us today."