Two US tourists were mauled by a crocodile at Mexico’s popular Puerto Vallarta resort when one went for a night swim in the ocean and the other followed him into the water to help.
The civil defense office in the western state of Jalisco said on Wednesday the first American, age 24, suffered bites to his legs, arm, abdomen and chest.
The victim’s 30-year-old companion tried to rescue him from the jaws of the reptile and was bitten on the hand.
The office said both men were administered first aid at the scene on Bocanegra beach and were then take to a hospital for further treatment to their injuries, which did not appear to be life-threatening.
Although several reports said the mauled men were from Colorado, the local Spanish-language news website Noticias PV identified them as Daniel and Joss, both from Illinois. No last names were given.
Crocodiles are a not infrequent sights in the coastal wetlands and shores of the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta.
With Post wires