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Golfer loses two fingers to crocodile in Cancun
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, September 09, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.
Most people go to the golf course to relax. That will likely never be the case again for Long Island, N.Y., golfer Edward Lunger.
Lunger was recently on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, when he decided to take in a round at the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club.
After hitting a bunker shot, Lunger was attacked by a crocodile.
The 50-year-old engineer took a couple of practice swings and then chipped out of the bunker. He heard leaves rustle.
“All of a sudden, his arm went back, and his head went back,” pal Mark Martin recalled. “I saw the crocodile leap up.”
The angry female chomped down on Lunger’s left arm up to his elbow, using its tail and claws to drag Lunger to the sand, the men said.
“She pulled me back and flipped me, and I went to the ground,” Lunger said.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Holtsville resident managed to brace himself by getting a knee on the ground.
“The crocodile was holding me down, and I pulled myself out,” he said. “I don’t remember even doing that.”
Lunger is suing the resort as a result of his ordeal.
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