A Russian tourist was found dead after he was apparently attacked by a saltwater crocodile while snorkelling in Indonesia’s West Papua province, a rescue official said on Wednesday.
The body of Sergei Vasilyevich was found on Tuesday near a blue water mangrove forest in the Raja Ampat island chain, a popular diving and snorkeling spot, said Prasetyo Budiarto, the head of the local search and rescue agency.
“We believe he was eaten by a crocodile because we had to chase away a crocodile before retrieving his body,” Prasetyo said. “His left hand was severed and his left thigh had a gaping wound.”
Vasilyevich’s friends made a missing person report on Saturday after he failed to return to his homestay, he said.
Saltwater crocodiles can be found in mangrove swamps and estuaries.