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Highlanders skipper a hero – Jamie Mackintosh has saved a woman from choking in a restaurant by applying the Heimlich manoeuvre.

Wendy Knight was dining at Dunedin’s Lone Star restaurant when a piece of meat got stuck in her throat. Seeing that Knight was choking, Mackintosh rushed to her aid and saved her life. Unfortunately the 128kg prop cracked one of Knight’s ribs in an effort to expel the piece of meat.

‘I thought I was going to die … I really did,’ the 44-year-old said. ‘He probably saved my life. I didn’t know know who it was. I didn’t know where they came from. I didn’t even get a chance to say thanks.’

Mackintosh had been dining with Highlanders team-mates Tony Brown, Jimmy Cowan, Aaron Smith and Jarrad Hoeata when he saw Knight was in trouble.

‘We asked if she was OK and seeing she couldn’t talk, I got in behind her and it was like a great big grizzly bear mauling some kind of small animal,’ he said. ‘I obviously buggered it up if I cracked her rib.’