Friday 24 May, 2019

Watch: Crocodile emerges with missing man in jaws in Indonesia

This is the chilling moment a crocodile emerged with a missing man in its jaws, after killing him by biting his groin. 

Darlin Uti, 30, was snorkelling in the murky river to fix an underwater pipe near his home in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, on April 12, when the beast attacked.

The victim's sister, who was on the river bank, tried to help Darlin by grabbing the hose he used to breathe underwater to pull him to safety. But the crocodile thrashed around in the water and disappeared into the depths having plunged its fangs into Darlin's crotch.

WARNING: Video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised. 

 

Indonesian authorities immediately began searching for the missing man from the Kinapani Village alongside the Malaoge river.

The Search and Rescue Team (SAR) spotted Uti's body the next day when the crocodile appeared on the surface - with its jaws still clamped around Darlin’s groin.

The man’s lower legs and feet can be seen in the video sticking out of the water as the huge crocodile floats past before submerging again.

Rescuers boarded boats and eventually retrieved Uti's body intact. It was taken given to his family for a funeral.

SAR team member Usmanudin said: "There was a huge bite wound in Darlin’s groin which could have caused him to bleed and die, but his body was still intact inside the crocodile's mouth."

Usmanudin also said that the Malaoge River is a thriving habitat for crocodiles in the area and warned locals to be cautious if they have to go into the water.

The death of Darlin came just two days after another man, Subli, 35, was killed by a crocodile after washing his hands in a canal while fishing on April 10 in the Indragiri Hilir regency.

According to the Natural Resources Conservation Cente, there has been a rise in crocodile attacks in Indonesia since last year. Maluku has the highest number of incidents recorded incidents from March 2018 until now.

Mukhtar Amin Ahmad, the Maluku BKSDA chief said: "It might be driven by the continuous damage to the reptiles' habitat from blast fishing, where explosives are used to stun fish for easy collection. Depletion of local fish stocks might be another factor."

The BKSDA says locals should immediately report any crocodile sighting to the authorities.

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