Published On: Tue, Sep 6th, 2016

Crocodile attacks American tourist swimming in Cancun lagoon

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CANCUN — A tourist from North America who went snorkling in the Nichupte Lagoon near Cancun’s hotel zone was attacked by a crocodile last week, reported the Tourist Police.

According to Notimex, a private ambulance, paramedics and members of the Tourist Police responded to an emergency call at kilometer 14.3 of the Kukulcan Avenue in the hotel zone.
There are signs warning of the presence of crocodiles and the risk of danger in approaching their habitat.

Signs posted around Cancun's Nichupte Lagoon warn about crocodiles. (PHOTO:

Signs posted around Cancun’s Nichupte Lagoon warn about crocodiles. (PHOTO:

According to the report, the tourist was in a boat moored in the lagoon. According to the first accounts, he was fishing and decided to go swimming, but without taking the necessary preventive measures.Bitten in the head

The report indicated that the 34-year-old tourist from the United States was attacked by a “small” crocodile who bit his head.Paramedics took him to a hospital for better care for his wounds. The latest report indicated that the authorities provided a stable state of health.

Crocodiles dead

Just weeks ago the president of the Cancun Nautical Associates, Ricardo Muleiro Lopez, announced that according to an investigation by the Onca Maya Civil Association at least 12 crocodiles have been found dead, apparently killed by homeowners located on the Nichupte lagoon system.

He argued that this situation is worrying because in addition to environmental issues, preserving the presence of such reptiles has also become a tourist attraction for the area.

However, he acknowledged that it is also necessary to create awareness among tourists about animals living in their natural state which are not used to human presence.


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