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Body recovered after man grabbed and dragged by crocodile in Laguna del Carpintero

Tampico, Tamaulipas — Elements of the Tampico Civil Protection and Fire Department were left with the grim task of removing an adult male from the jaws of a live crocodile.

On Thursday, several area residents passing over the Laguna del Carpintero foot bridge videoed the three-meter long croc swimming with the man in its jaws.

The 25-year-old male was grabbed by the crocodile after entering the lagoon. Laguna del Carpintero bridge pedestrians notified emergency services around 8:00 a.m. when they saw the crocodile swimming with a dead body.

The 3.5 meter long crocodile swam for more than an hour with the dead man in its jaws.

State Police arrived at the scene and were part of the initial rescue mission to locate the crocodile with its prey. The reptile was located about an hour after the search began.

Fire Commander Juan García Hernández reported the crocodile as being more than three and a half meters in length. He said the croc attacked the man and then swam around with the body before finally being caught several blocks from where the attack took place. The body and crocodile were recovered separately.