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British Golfer Attacked by 12-Foot Crocodile

A golfer from Britain was savaged by a giant crocodile while playing golf at a lagoon-based course in Mexico.

The golfers, Dougie Thomson, 58, was hitting chip shots onto a green at Iberostar Cancun Golf Club when the crocodile rushed him from behind and clamped its jaws around his thigh.

Thomson’s golfing buddies Brendan O’Hara, Martin Botright and Gordon Victory came to his aid and proceeded to attack the crocodile with their golf clubs in an attempt push it back from where it emerged. They then tried to run it over with a golf buggy.

Thomson, a dad of two, was lucky to keep his leg following the attack, needing 200 staples in his leg. He is now in a stable condition.

Dougie, who hails from Wishaw near Glasgow, said of the incident: “My ball was in the bunker around 10 to 15 feet from thick shrubbery. I didn’t even know there was water behind the bushes.

“I took a shot and it landed on the green. Then I heard this noise behind me and this huge crocodile snapped me by the thigh.”

He added: “I couldn’t feel pain, I was in total shock. It was like a big toy, big black eyes looking at me. Hitting it was like hitting a brick wall. The crocodile only released its grip after Gordon and Martin rode to the rescue in a golf buggy. One of them started hitting the crocodile as well while the other actually drove the cart over it.

“It opened its mouth a bit. My friends pulled me back but it snapped again and grabbed my hip a bit higher up. Then it just stopped suddenly. When they eventually pulled me away, it started attacking the golf cart. My friends were more shocked than I was as they had to see the attack. I was in the eye of the storm.

“The crocodile tore away all the muscle in my thigh. My leg is like 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.”

This is the second crocodile attack at the resort in as many months following the incident involving Edward Lunger who had two fingers bitten off when a crocodile pounced from behind a bush. Golf in areas such as this pose a genuine threat as people are interrupting the delicate natural landscape animals have created for themselves when they play through during a game; good advice would be to check the surrounding area before resuming play.