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Snap decision by British tourist's golf buddies saves him from crocodile

A crocodile attacked the British tourist while he was taking a shot on a golf course Photo: Press Association

A British tourist is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a crocodile in Mexico while playing golf with friends.

Dougie Thompson, 58, from Scotland, had stepped into a bunker at a golf course in Cancun to take a shot when the reptile emerged from nearby undergrowth and clamped down on his leg.

It was only after friends beat the crocodile with golf clubs and drove over it in a buggy that it released its grip, allowing Mr Thompson to be pulled to safety.

Recalling the attack, Mr Thompson told the Daily Mail: "I took a shot and it landed on the green.

"Then I heard this noise behind me and this huge crocodile snapped me by the thigh. I couldn’t feel pain. I was in total shock.

"It was like a big toy, big black eyes looking at me.

The golf course at the Iberostar Cancun hotel Credit: Iberostar Cancun

The father-of-two needed 200 stitches after the crocodile "tore away" the muscle in his thigh.

Relatives are now preparing to fly Mr Thompson back home so he continue his recovery.

A spokesman for the Iberostar Cancun hotel told the Daily Mail it would not be making any comment.