A tourist in the Philippines was attacked by a crocodile after mistaking it for a life-size model. Nehemias Chipada climbed into a swimming pool to take photos with the 12ft reptile at a theme park. However, much to the horror of the 68-year-old, the crocodile threw himself on his arm and dragged him through the water.
According to The Mirror, the incident occurred while Mr. Chipada was visiting Amaya View amusement park in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines on November 10.
As he stood with his phone in one hand to take selfies with the crocodile, the predator grabbed his left arm and dragged him through the water in front of his terrified family and other passers-by. The incident was filmed by viewer Rogelio Pamisa Antiga and the footage was shared widely online.
You can watch the video here.
Fortunately, Nehemias Chipada was able to break free and escape, according to the Daily Mail. Photos taken immediately after the attack show him lying on the ground, his left arm bloodied and bandaged. He was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery on his left arm. Mr Chipada is recovering from the attack at the medical center in northern Mindanao.
The Chipada family blamed the incident on the lack of warning signs around the amusement park. Mr Chipada’s daughter, Mercy Joy Chipada, said: “There was no notice warning us not to enter the compound. Because if there had been, we would never have been there- low.”
The amusement park, however, denied these allegations. Amaya View said she would give Mr. Chipada financial assistance to help him pay his medical bills while denying any wrongdoing.
Candy Unabia, COO of Amaya View, said, “We deny the allegation that we were negligent.
“They said they thought the crocodile was also man-made, but that area is actually restricted. There are constant signs and reminders from our tour guides,” he told the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, spectators at the scene describe being horrified by what they witnessed. “I was looking at the beautiful scenery around the park when the incident happened. I heard people screaming for help and saw the crocodile manhandling the old man,” said Rogelio Pamisa Antiga, who has filmed the scene.
“I wanted to help him, but I was scared and didn’t know how to deal with a crocodile attack.”
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