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Man eaten alive by crocodile while retrieving golf balls

By Mason White 3:38 PM December 8, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A man of South Africa, died after being eaten by a crocodile.

The man was killed while he was collecting golf balls from a dam called Lake Panic at South Africa’s flagship wildlife reserve, officials said.

The crocodile grabbed Jacques van der Sandt, 29,
in its jaws on Wednesday night, and disappeared underwater in a golf course.

The dam is located next to a residential area and within the park boundaries, according to Kruger National Park officials.

The crocodile was found and killed after a two hour search. Van der Sandt is the son of a park employee. His body was recovered with teeth marks on the back and front, but had no “mutilation,” according to a statement from a park spokesperson.

A police officer said that the crocodile attacked Van der Sandt, while he was standing waist deep inside the water and was reaching below the surface to feel for golf balls at the bottom of the dam.

“A man challenged his friend to see who can recover more golf balls,” Officer Oubaas Coetzer said. Van der Sandt was described as a golf enthusiast, who grew up in the park.

The victim’s mother works in the park, and his father used to work there before his retirement.