Croc grabs man sleeping in tent

2014-01-30 10:56

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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

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