Croc grabs man sleeping in tent

2014-01-30 10:56


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - An angler who was camping at a dam in Limpopo has told how he managed to escape from the jaws of a crocodile.

Beeld reported on Thursday that Bazil Roth, from Botswana, and his friend Barend Lamprecht were at the Rust de Winter dam in Limpopo over the weekend when a crocodile grabbed Roth's foot and tried to drag him out of his tent while they were sleeping.

According to Roth, the 2.4-metre-long crocodile had first tried to grab Lamprecht, and had left bite marks on the tent.

A while later, Roth said he felt something grabbing his foot and dragging him out of the tent. He screamed and kicked as hard as he could, managing to get his foot free.

His sleeping bag was still in the crocodile's mouth.

Lamprecht jumped out of the tent and started throwing tent pegs, camping chairs and fishing rods at the reptile, which then retreated back into the water.

Roth said he only suffered minimal injuries on his foot.

The pair later moved their camp further away, telling Beeld their lucky escape is a lesson to anglers not to camp too close to the water's edge.

Read more on:    polokwane  |  animals

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.