This story might just give you the he-bee-gee-bees!
Syarifuddin, 41, is an Indonesian man from Berau. According to reports, he was bathing in a river with friends when a crocodile launched at him, dragging Syarifuddin to the river depths.
A search party that involved desperate relatives and police was immediately launched. The search seemed to be in vain as it ended with the assumption the Lempake River had claimed his body.
So what does anyone do after receiving such devastating news?
Higher a ‘black magic wizard’ who’s specialty is ‘crocodile witch craft’.
The villagers claim the ‘wizard’ was a spell for Syarifuddin to be brought back alive.
…and they almost got what they wished for the next day.
The predator is purportedly seen floating to the banks with the naked body of Syarifuddin in its jaws as the gathered crowd looks on, in video footage from the scene.
It then dropped off the corpse sparking suggestions the saltwater crocodile, which can grow up to 5.2m as an adult, had actually been guarding the victim’s body from other predators seeing as it hadn’t been eaten.
Friend Andi Resmin who was with the man when attacked by the croc, said: ‘He was just in the water and the crocodile humped at him and took him.’
Local resident, Eet, said there was a local myth that anyone bathing with clothes on in the river would be fine – but bathing naked would result in a crocodile attack.
He said: ‘If the person bathes naked, they will be definitely be eaten by crocodiles, for sure. If they wear clothes they will not be ambushed.’
Syarifuddin was delivered to the villagers dead, with injuries to his ribs on the right side of his body.
Police chief Inspector Talisayan Faisal Hamid said: ‘The victim’s friends report to the officer he was attacked by a crocodile. That night we did a search.’
The officer said nothing was returned that evening and so residents contacted a crocodile charmer and the body appeared the next morning on Wednesday.
Hamid said it was ‘very weird’ that three crocodiles emerged from the river, suggesting the body of the man was being protected so that ‘the victim could be delivered’.
He said: ‘People also bathe in the water, so again, it is unlucky that he was killed by the crocodile.’
Police Inspector Hamid said the ‘important thing was that the body had been found’ and that locals were now ‘hunting the crocodile that attacked’ the man.