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Update & photos: Croc kills son of staff member in Kruger National Park

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Read a message from Jacques Van der Sandt’s parents and friends here:

Huldeblyke stroom in vir krok-slagoffer

 

UPDATE: Dec 4, 2014 – 10:45

 

SKUKUZA – A golfer was killed by a 3.9m long crocodile on the Skukuza Golf Course Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old Jacques van der Sandt had apparently been visiting his parents who reside in Skukuza on holiday and played a competition earlier the day.

Kruger National Park (KNP) earlier today confirmed that Van der Sandt is the son of a staff member Schalk (retired) and staff member Lorretha van der Sandt; the couple has been working in the park since 1992.

According to WO Oubaas Coetzer, spokesperson for the Skukuza SAPS, it is reported that Van der Sandt and a friend jumped into Lake Panic, which apparently runs through the nine-hole golf course, a few times. After about the fourth time, the crocodile, which was allegedly visible earlier the day, put its jaws around Van der Sandt’s chest and dragged him under water.

The club house is situated at the 10th hole, while the bridge from which Van der Sandt is said to have entered the water is at the club’s signature hole, number 9 (a par 3 of about 150m), which is played across Lake Panic.

SANParks sent out a press release earlier today and mentions that regional ranger Don English received a call at around 22:00 that an individual had been grabbed by a crocodile at the Lake Panic Dam in the Golf Course area. “Apparently the crocodile surprised the group and snatched the victim then disappeared under water,” the release reads.

Rangers were alerted and after searching the dam for over two hours, spotted and put down the 3.9m animal. Fortunately the victim’s body was retrieved without any mutilation except the animal’s teeth marks at the back and the front.

Van der Sandt was dead on the ranger’s arrival.

“It is an unfortunate incident where a promising life was cut short; our condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim. Investigations are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances as it was an unnatural death. It is now an SAPS matter and SANParks will conclude its own internal investigation,” said Dr Freek Venter, KNP’s general manager of conservation management.

 

Read more in tomorrow’s Lowvelder and find out why, according to SANParks, the crocodile had to be shot. 

 

Photos: SANParks & Facebook

According to Dr Danny Govender, SANParks’ Disease Ecologist, “these animals are not in good condition as they have just come out of hibernation. The animal was doing what naturally comes to them; hunting for food and unfortunately a life was lost in the process”.

 

UPDATE: Dec 4, 2014 – 09:30

SKUKUZA – According to WO Oubaas Coetzer, spokesperson for the Skukuza SAPS, it is reported that Van der Sandt and a friend jumped into Lake Panic, which apparently runs through the nine-hole golf course, a few times. After about the fourth time, the crocodile, which was allegedly visible earlier the day, put its jaws around Van der Sandt’s chest and dragged him under water.

A search for Van der Sandt was launched during the night. A field ranger eventually spotted the 3.9m crocodile and its victim upstream and shot it. Van der Sandt had bite marks on his chest and was dead on the ranger’s arrival.

According to Coetzer, Van der Sandt and fellow golfers were at the Skukuza Golf Club’s club house when the incident occurred at about 23:00 on Wednesday December 3.

The club house is situated at the 10th hole, while the bridge from which Van der Sandt is said to have entered the water is at the club’s signature hole, number 9 (a par 3 of about 150m), which is played across Lake Panic.

The 29-year-old had apparently been visiting his parents who reside in Skukuza and had played a club challenge there earlier the day.

 Read more in Lowvelder Friday December 5, 2014.

 

Photos: Facebook

BREAKING NEWS:

SKUKUZA – A golfer was killed by a 3.9m long crocodile on the Skukuza Golf Course Wednesday 23:00.

The 29-year-old Jacques van der Sandt had apparently been visiting his parents who reside in Skukuza on holiday and played a competition earlier the day.

More updates will be provided as information becomes available.

 

 

 

 

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