Colchester para filmed drinking goldfish in Neknomination challenge

Essex County Standard: L/Cpl James Steel, pall bearer pictured second from left, carried Margaret Thatcher's coffin at her funeral. L/Cpl James Steel, pall bearer pictured second from left, carried Margaret Thatcher's coffin at her funeral.

A COLCHESTER-BASED para has been slammed for drinking live fish.

Lance Corporal James Steel, of 3 Para, was filmed doing the Facebook drinking craze NekNomination.

The dare saw the soldier, who was a pall bearer at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, drank a pint of lager with two goldfish in it.

L/Cpl Steel, 25, shunned his regimental uniform which he wore at the state ceremony and dressed in a pink ladies’ swimsuit and drew on a moustache to complete the drinking challenge.

The video came to light two days after former Colchester schoolboy Isaac Richardson, 20, died on Sunday after staging his own version of the drinking game and drank more than two pints of wine, vodka, lager and whisky.

Speaking to The Sun the soldier apologised for the incident and said the two goldfish had survived the challenge and were now being cared for by his girlfriend.

He said: “I have an impeccable career as a soldier but I'm also a human being. I don't walk around in my uniform all day.

“I was just doing what the rest of the country is doing.”

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the department would not comment on the incident.

NekNomination sees people film themselves drinking a pint of booze in one go and nominate two friends to better them at the challenge.

Believed to have started in Australia, the craze has swept across Facebook and has seen a number of incidents involving live animals and sometimes lethal cocktails of alcohol.

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10:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

omgwtfbbq says...

what's the difference between drinking a live fish and boiling others when its still alive and then eating it?
what's the difference between drinking a live fish and boiling others when its still alive and then eating it? omgwtfbbq

10:08am Wed 12 Feb 14

jammin says...

I hold high regard for people protecting Queen and country and they deserve respect. Just such a shame that some that choose the career are imbeciles and are not worthy respect.

A classic line... “I was just doing what the rest of the country is doing.” In other words I have no personality and can only follow the lead of others! The army suits you well sir.

There has been an influx of soldiers at the local sauna...spitting & snotting on the floors, swearing and generally making themselves look like undesirables. Not a pleasant experience.
I hold high regard for people protecting Queen and country and they deserve respect. Just such a shame that some that choose the career are imbeciles and are not worthy respect. A classic line... “I was just doing what the rest of the country is doing.” In other words I have no personality and can only follow the lead of others! The army suits you well sir. There has been an influx of soldiers at the local sauna...spitting & snotting on the floors, swearing and generally making themselves look like undesirables. Not a pleasant experience. jammin

10:27am Wed 12 Feb 14

Catchedicam says...

Boys will be boys, nice that somethings don'e change.
Boys will be boys, nice that somethings don'e change. Catchedicam

10:28am Thu 13 Feb 14

Marco004 says...

I do think swallowing the fish issue is wrong. But to state that the individual concerned is suited to being in the Army is quite obviously from an individual that has never experienced any form of public service, military or not! At the end of the day all of the Armed Forces reflect modern society, in all of it's guises. The JNCO was wrong to allow himself to be placed in a situation where he can be ridiculed for an immature act. He is a leader of soldiers and that brings with it a duty of trust and responsibility, I am sure that his Commanding Officer will take a very dim view of his indiscretion. As for the sauna behavior again not good enough I agree, but do you similarly complain about civilian young people, male and female, when they act in a similar fashion. As I said the Armed Forces are a reflection of current society...
I do think swallowing the fish issue is wrong. But to state that the individual concerned is suited to being in the Army is quite obviously from an individual that has never experienced any form of public service, military or not! At the end of the day all of the Armed Forces reflect modern society, in all of it's guises. The JNCO was wrong to allow himself to be placed in a situation where he can be ridiculed for an immature act. He is a leader of soldiers and that brings with it a duty of trust and responsibility, I am sure that his Commanding Officer will take a very dim view of his indiscretion. As for the sauna behavior again not good enough I agree, but do you similarly complain about civilian young people, male and female, when they act in a similar fashion. As I said the Armed Forces are a reflection of current society... Marco004

4:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

zt00013 says...

Marco004 wrote:
I do think swallowing the fish issue is wrong. But to state that the individual concerned is suited to being in the Army is quite obviously from an individual that has never experienced any form of public service, military or not! At the end of the day all of the Armed Forces reflect modern society, in all of it's guises. The JNCO was wrong to allow himself to be placed in a situation where he can be ridiculed for an immature act. He is a leader of soldiers and that brings with it a duty of trust and responsibility, I am sure that his Commanding Officer will take a very dim view of his indiscretion. As for the sauna behavior again not good enough I agree, but do you similarly complain about civilian young people, male and female, when they act in a similar fashion. As I said the Armed Forces are a reflection of current society...
The Armed Forces no more reflect society than does the construction industry or the medical profession.
[quote][p][bold]Marco004[/bold] wrote: I do think swallowing the fish issue is wrong. But to state that the individual concerned is suited to being in the Army is quite obviously from an individual that has never experienced any form of public service, military or not! At the end of the day all of the Armed Forces reflect modern society, in all of it's guises. The JNCO was wrong to allow himself to be placed in a situation where he can be ridiculed for an immature act. He is a leader of soldiers and that brings with it a duty of trust and responsibility, I am sure that his Commanding Officer will take a very dim view of his indiscretion. As for the sauna behavior again not good enough I agree, but do you similarly complain about civilian young people, male and female, when they act in a similar fashion. As I said the Armed Forces are a reflection of current society...[/p][/quote]The Armed Forces no more reflect society than does the construction industry or the medical profession. zt00013

5:36pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Marco004 says...

Bit of a sweeping statement! Of course the Armed Forces reflect society, so does the construction industry, the medical professionals, school teachers, in fact any person that is employed, after all we are ALL part of society I think! The point I was trying to make was that just because he is a serving member of the Armed Forces it doesn't make him any different than any other 25 year old. To single him out purely because he is a soldier is very narrow minded. If a non serving member of the public carried out a similarly irresponsible act most people wouldn't blink an eye, whereas this soldier potentially could be dismissed from the Army or reduced in rank and status (& salary). I cannot think of any job other than possibly the emergency services where that would be even considered, construction industry or medical profession....et al....
Bit of a sweeping statement! Of course the Armed Forces reflect society, so does the construction industry, the medical professionals, school teachers, in fact any person that is employed, after all we are ALL part of society I think! The point I was trying to make was that just because he is a serving member of the Armed Forces it doesn't make him any different than any other 25 year old. To single him out purely because he is a soldier is very narrow minded. If a non serving member of the public carried out a similarly irresponsible act most people wouldn't blink an eye, whereas this soldier potentially could be dismissed from the Army or reduced in rank and status (& salary). I cannot think of any job other than possibly the emergency services where that would be even considered, construction industry or medical profession....et al.... Marco004

10:17pm Thu 13 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Are you lot mental its a b****y gold fish for christ sake.the chap should be ashamed of himself for even concidering an apology.quite mad.
Are you lot mental its a b****y gold fish for christ sake.the chap should be ashamed of himself for even concidering an apology.quite mad. stevedawson

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