By Daniel Piotrowski For Daily Mail Australia, August 14, 2014
Lucky he wasn’t feeling peckish.
A young swimmer in Sian Ka’an, Mexico must be thanking his lucky stars after quick-thinking onlookers narrowly managed to rescue him from the jaws of a huge crocodile.
The paddler scrambled for the shore as the crocodile gave chase.
Thankfully, a panicked onlooker standing on a nearby bridge hurled an object at the creature, stopping the giant reptile’s pursuit.
Manuel Cerrara, who filmed the terrifying footage, was quoted by Nine News saying the boy was lucky the croc is fed regularly by tourists and fishermen.
“Unfortunately, that crocodile already associated us with food and as the video shows the boy was saved because the crocodile is well fed and chased at a pace that allowed him to reach the shore,” Mr Cerrara said.
Locals consider the water too dangerous to swim in.
Onlookers hurled an object at the well-fed American crocodile to deter it from munching on the tourist.