A Long Island, N.Y., man is suing a Cancun golf resort for $2.25 million after he lost two fingers to a crocodile, the New York Post reported Monday.
Edward Lunger, 50, claims that there were no warning signs about crocodiles posted at the golf course. He was attacked by a crocodile while playing at Iberostar Cancun Golf Club in Mexico.
After Lunger chipped out of a sand bunker, he heard leaves rustle.
"All of a sudden, his arm went back, and his head went back," friend Mark Martin said. "I saw the crocodile leap up."
The female crocodile chomped down on Lunger's left arm up to his elbow, using its tail and claws to drag Lunger to the sand, according to the Post.
"She pulled me back and flipped me, and I went to the ground," Lunger said.
Lunger was able 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."
Martin used a large boulder to stop the crocodile.
Lunger said he paid nearly $18,000 at a private hospital in Cancun to operate on his hand.
After the golf resort claimed that Lunger incited the crocodile with chicken, Lunger decided to sue. He said Iberostar representatives initially began pressuring him to sign papers relieving the resort of any responsibility. When that failed, Lunger said it spread rumors that he prompted the attack by teasing the crocodile with chicken.
Lunger and Martin denied the resort's claims.
"We came with nothing," Martin said. "We rented the clubs there. We (bought) the balls there. Where would we be getting chicken?"