http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-12287676,00.html MEDIA DUPED BY ERIC The British soldier who was reported to have cheated death in Iraq when his helmet was hit four times by bullets was actually playing a prank, it has emerged. Commando Eric Walderman was hailed as a miracle survivor after being pictured with bullet holes in his helmet. Media around the world reported that he had survived a hail of Iraqi bullets. But The Sun newspaper has reported that Eric was not actually wearing the helmet when it was shot. The helmet was in fact lying on top of his pack when it was peppered with bullets by fellow Royal Marines trying to hit an unexploded anti-tank weapon, The Sun said. Eric, 28, then put it on his head and posed for photographers travelling with 40 Commando in southern Iraq. He gave no interview and the picture was beamed round the world with the story of his "miracle" escape. The Sun said Eric did nothing to stop the media jumping to the wrong conclusion but the Marines came clean when The Sun sought an update on Eric. A senior officer told the paper: "I'm afraid the pressmen have been had. All commandos have a great sense of humour. Boys will be boys. "It will go down in history as a great wheeze."