Firefighter Juan Carlos La Verde survived an attack by a crocodile over 3 meters in length in early August. The animal attacked the head of the man who was seriously injured. This week, he shared his story in an interview with US television channel WFLA, with a drone-generated video showing the predator’s action.
La Verde, who works in Tampa, Florida, was swimming in Lake Thonotossa while recording an educational video for his outdoor adventure company, DefeatX, when he noticed an alligator swimming toward him.
Swimming was for an event organized by La Verde. The fireman had his head cut off and part of his torso by a creeper. He said La Verde and the animal rolled into the water, turning 360 degrees before the crocodile released him.
“I felt the equivalent of a telephone pole falling and hitting my face. I felt the scales, I felt the teeth, so I knew what I was in. God gave me the strength and ability to grab the top and bottom of his jaw instantly,” the firefighter said.
A drone commanded by one of La Verde’s partners shared images of the moment of the attack.
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