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A businessman who thought he had lost his mobile phone when he dropped it in the sea, was amazed when it turned up two weeks ago in the belly of a cod.

Andrew Cheatle thought that he would never see his Nokia handset again after he lost it at the beach, but a week later fisherman Glen Kerley rang Andrew s girlfriend to tell them that he had found the phone.

Kerley had been unable to make it work so had taken the SIM card out to get the numbers.

Kerley, a trawlerman from West Sussex, is quoted in the Sun saying: Cod are greedy fish - they ll eat anything. They have big heads and big mouths.

I ve found plastic cups, stones, teaspoons, batteries and I ve also heard of someone finding false teeth in one.

This fish was about 25lbs and about 4ft long " not unusual but bigger than average

Cheatle said of the phone call: I thought Glen was winding me up but he assured me he had caught a cod that morning and was gutting it for his fish stall and that my Nokia was inside it " a bit worse for wear.

I didn t believe him but went to meet him and found it was my phone " a bit smelly and battered " but incredibly it still worked after I let it dry out.

Cheatle who runs an online retail company has repaired the phone and still uses it.