Golfer dies in crocodile attack
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/5/14
A golfer from eastern South Africa died Wednesday after being attacked by a crocodile. According to the South African National Parks department, 29-year-old Jacques van der Sandt was searching for golf balls in deep water when the attack occurred. Van der Sandt was the son of two long-time Kruger National Park employees.
“These animals are not in good condition as they have just come out of hibernation. The animal was doing what naturally comes to them; hunting for food and unfortunately a life was lost in the process,” said ecologist Danny Govender in a SANParks statement.
The moral of the story is simple: If you are playing golf in an area where crocodiles and/or alligators are present, please stay out of the water. The same is true even when reptiles aren't present; we are reminded of the sad story of Scottish golf enthusiast Thomas Ross, who drowned while attempting to retrieve his golf ball from a water hazard in Spain last year.
Your life is far more valuable than a sleeve of seemingly-expensive golf balls.
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I saw this headline in a news digest and it is a bit misleading. Sort of like stating "Golfer Killed by Speeding Car" when the event was someone walking to their car in the parking lot after a couple drinks in the clubhouse.
Van der Sandt had been waist deep in the water searching for golf balls at 10pm. Yes he was a golfer, in fact he had played golf that day. He was attacked, however, while retrieving balls, not playing golf.
"Trespasser dies in croc attack" is a less appealing headline.
(Yes I'm assuming that anyone on a golf course in the pond at 10pm isn't there at the golf course's request).
So... was he eaten?
The local sports talk radio show here just did a segment on this story & the baboon one. Apparently this was in Lake Panic - comment was gee, how'd it get that name.
Here's a link I found:
Just remember, humans are part of the food chain, too.
Torleif Sorenson says:
"story." (Since corrected.)
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