An Irish cruise ship worker caused the ship he was on to have to turn and make an emergency stop at the Bahamas where he was rushed to A&E for an injury to his eyes. Cian McCormaic who hails from Limerick in Ireland worked on the cruise ship as a professional fire breather.
Given that he went to hospital complaining of an extreme burning sensation around his eyes you might be forgiven for thinking that it was Cian’s dangerous and fiery choice of career that was responsible for his injuries.
You’d be wrong.
It was actually a bag of crisps.
Well, to be fair, they were spicy crisps.
“I had a nice almond chocolate bar and these spicy chili crisps. Happy out with myself munching away, I got an itch in my eye. Like any good itch it needs a good scratch. Scratched away not knowing I had some bits of chili on the back of my hand. Chilli plus eye equals not a fun adventure,” he told a local paper.
“Even though I was in pain I knew I had done something stupid. Thank god the doctor is professional and proceeded to wash my eye out a few times and noticed a piece was stuck in the eye. With the assistance of the nurse holding my eye open, the doctor proceeded to numb my eye and with what looked like a pin coming at me, and scraped this lone chili flake out. Fun times.
“I am a very positive down to earth guy who tries to have a laugh and find the fun all the time. But this was such a random and silly accident that if you didn’t laugh you’d cry. Thank God the doctor was nice after we fixed me up we just laughed at the whole thing.
“The best part is the pirate looking eye patch, very stylish. When people ask what happened I could have said such a cool manly-man story, but I think attack of the crisps is a life lesson.”
Despite all the fun and games, Cian’s eye was swollen and wound up being three times the size of normal which means he must have been in a lot of pain.
There’s no exact clarification on how spicy the crisps were but we imagine they must’ve been bloody hot to send a firebreather to hospital. If I was Cian, I’d be tempted to tell people that my eyepatch was from my job, and not a particularly sassy pack of Monster Munch.