Jockey nearly chokes to death after swallowing tongue in terrifying three-horse pile-up before rivals rush to rescue

THIS is the terrifying moment a jockey almost choked to death after swallowing his tongue in a shocking three-horse pile-up.

Apprentice jockey Harun Canakci was saved by two quick-thinking rivals who rushed to his rescue on the track.

The carnage unfolded when Canakci slammed into the ground after a clash between his horse Damaris and two others.


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Vedat Abis on race favourite Kuanpo and Hisman Cizik on ride Beykoz were the fellow jockeys and horses caught up in the chaos.

Abis and Cizik managed to get to their feet after the fall but footage showed Canakci laying motionless on the ground.

Sensing danger, Abis and Cizik rushed to Canakci's side and found him in a life-threatening situation.

The young Turkish rider was unconscious and had swallowed his tongue.

They managed to dislodge it from his throat before medics arrived and rushed him into the back of an ambulance.

Cizik said of the horrific ordeal: "After the accident, when I saw Harun on the ground, I jumped next to him, he was trembling.

"His mouth was filled with sand and his tongue was in his throat.

"I pulled his tongue out, even though it was difficult.

"I opened his mouth and then he started to breathe

Canakci posted a hospital bed selfie showing his battered and bruised face after the fall last Saturday.

He wrote: "May God bless everyone who calls and inquires and [I] cannot reach."

Fortunately, Canakci was discharged after three days and now continues his recovery from the fall at Yesiloba Hippodrome in Turkey.

The jockey can count himself extremely lucky that his life was saved – especially given the two tragedies to have struck racing in recent weeks.

Jitendra Singh was trampled to death aged 24 during a race in India last month.

While Italian racing sadly lost Pietro Alberto Brocca after he succumbed to the injuries sustained from a nightmare fall in January.


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