When a tourist went missing after setting off to snorkel around remote Minyaifun island in the Raja Ampat group in West Papua, authorities feared the worst. Four days later they were proved right.
The area is a popular snorkelling and dive site, but not without risks. A giant saltwater crocodile, spotted in the area, is said to have partially devoured 37-year-old Russian tourist Sergey Lykhvar.
Rescuers sighted a big croc behind Lykhvar’s body when it was recovered.
“We believe he was killed by a crocodile judging from the missing body parts and the extent of his injuries,” local search and rescue chief Prasetyo Budiarto told reporters.
Lykhvar’s body was cremated at family request, local media reported, and the ashes will be returned to Russia.
French news agency AFP noted that while it is not uncommon for crocodiles to kill people in Indonesia “it is rare for foreign tourists to be killed”.
Written by Peter Needham