A fisherman narrowly escaped his life after being mauled by four crocodiles and dragged underwater in a ‘death roll’.
Alexander Chimedza had an animal’s jaws clamped to each limb but was saved after a 40-minute struggle when his mates rained rocks off the bench.
Alexander was ambushed in January while looking for worms to use as bait to catch a fish meal for his family in Kariba. Zimbabwe.
He said the Herald newspaper: “The crocodiles must have been waiting for me because the moment I touched the weeds I was attacked.
“First one of them tried to grab my left hand, but I instinctively dodged it, but another grabbed my right hand.”
Alexander was pulled into the murky water where one of the crocodiles attempted to kill him in the infamous “death roll” maneuver by spinning him six times.
“I realized that if I resisted, my hand would break,” he said.
“So I let my hand go in the direction it was turning.”
His plight only worsened when a third crocodile latched onto his thigh and a fourth crocodile joined the feeding frenzy by biting his ankle.
Meanwhile, friends and passers-by threw rocks at the predators.
Alexander was finally able to free a hand and shoved it down a crocodile’s throat to release it.
Crocodiles have an organ called the palatine valve that prevents water from flowing into their stomachs when they swim.
Experts say releasing a crocodile when you can’t reach its eyes can be an effective last resort.
Alexander said, “When I put my hand in the crocodile’s mouth, some of the stones that were thrown from outside must have hit the crocodile.
“That, along with the large amounts of water that went into its mouth, must have led to its death because it let go of me and afterwards I saw it appear lifeless.”
He was then able to grab a long stick offered by his friends, who, drenched in blood, drove to shore and flagged down an ambulance.
He spent 40 days in the hospital and had four surgeries, including skin grafts, metal plates in broken bones, and reconstructive surgery to rebuild his torn Achilles tendon.
And he will have to be cared for at home by his wife Primrose for months to come.
She said he ignored a “prophecy” that warned him not to visit the pools where he was attacked.
“My wife is behind me 100 percent and without her I wouldn’t be able to survive,” Alexander said.
This story originally appeared on the sun and is reproduced here with permission.
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