Chilling moment crocodile surfaces in a murky river holding a missing snorkeller in its jaws – after it bit the man’s groin and dragged him under
- Darlin Uti, 30, was snorkelling in an Indonesian river to fix an underwater pipe
- But a crocodile dragged him down by biting his crotch despite Darlin’s sister’s attempts to save him
- The next day, the crocodile emerged from the water carrying Darlin’s body
- Rescuers retrieved Darlin’s body intact and it was returned to his family
This is the chilling moment a crocodile emerged from the water carrying a missing man in its jaws the day after dragging him down by biting his crotch.
Darlin Uti, 30, was snorkelling in the river to fix an underwater pipe near his home in Sulawesi, Indonesia, when the river beast attacked.
The victim’s sister, who was on the river bank, tried to help Darlin by pulling the hose he was using to breathe underwater.
Rescuers retrieved the body of Darlin Uti, 30, intact after a crocodile dragged him down by biting his crotch
But the crocodile thrashed around in the water and disappeared into the depths having plunged its razor-sharp teeth into Darlin’s crotch.
Indonesian authorities immediately began searching for the missing man from the Kinapani Village alongside the Malaoge river.
The Search and Rescue Team spotted Uti’s body the next day when the crocodile appeared on the surface with its jaws still clamped around Darlin’s body.
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.
The day after he was dragged down by the river beast, the crocodile was seen emerging from the water with its jaws still clamped down on Darlin’s body
Indonesian authorities searched for the missing man from the Kinapani Village in Indonesia
Rescuers boarded boats and eventually retrieved Uti’s body intact and was returned to his family for a funeral.
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 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.
Darlin’s death came just two day afters another man, Subli, 35, was killed by a crocodile while he was washing his hands in a canal in the Indragiri Hilir regency.
According to the Natural Resources Conservation Centre, there has been a rise in crocodile attacks in Indonesia in the last year.
Locals have been told to report any crocodile sighting to authorities immediately.