Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 29 May 2016

Briton tells of crocodile terror

Published 12/11/2013

A British man was attacked by a crocodile while playing golf in Mexico
A British man was attacked by a crocodile while playing golf in Mexico

A British father is recovering after being attacked by a crocodile in Mexico while playing golf with friends.

Dougie Thompson told the Daily Mirror he had stepped into a bunker to take a shot when the reptile sprung from nearby undergrowth and clamped down on his leg.

It was only after friends beat the animal with golf clubs and drove over it in a golf buggy that it released its grip, allowing Mr Thompson to be pulled to safety.

The 58-year-old, from Wishaw, near Glasgow, told the newspaper he needed 200 stitches after the crocodile tore through muscle in his thigh and hip.

"I couldn't feel pain, I was in total shock. It was like a big toy, big black eyes looking at me," he told the Daily Mirror.

"Hitting it was like hitting a brick wall.

"The crocodile tore away all the muscle in my thigh. My leg is li ke a butcher's shop window. Initially only two of us were going golfing. If that had happened, there is no way one friend could have helped.

"It would have pulled me back into the lagoon and had me for supper."

The group were on holiday in Cancun for a friend's wedding but the father-of-two is preparing to be flown home to Canada, where he lives with his family, for further treatment.

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