Sunday 7 March 2021

Surfer Suffers Brutal Attack By Crocodile in Tamarindo

Surfer victim paddling to shore on his surfboard. Photo Rafael Laurent,
Surfer victim paddling to shore on his surfboard. Photo Rafael Laurent,

An american surfer had to have his leg amputated after being attacked by a crocodile in Tamarindo beach, Guanacaste on Friday.

The first news came in a 7:00am, that of Arthur Jonathan Cker (according to La Nacion report), 59 years of age, while surfing was dragged by wave into the estuary, where he was attacked by the reptile.

- Advertisement -

Cker had severe bites to his right leg and some scratches on his face, right hand and other body parts that required stitches, explained the director of the Hospital Enrique Baltodano Briceño (in Liberia), Zeydi Herrera.

According to Herrera, the man was admitted in critical and unstable condition and was immediately sent to the operating room, where he underwent a two hour surgery that resulted in the amputation of right leg from the knee down and required a blood transfusion.

Surfer victim paddling to shore on his surfboard. Photo Rafael Laurent,
Surfer fighting off the crocodile attack. Photo Rafael Laurent,

“He lost a lost of blood, the injuries did not involve any internal organs,” said Herrera lat Friday afternoon.

- Advertisement -

The doctor added that Cker is in stable condition, in the intensive care unit. The man’s family will have to determine if he will continue treatment in Costa Rica or moved to the United States.

According photographer Rafael Laurent, who captured the moment of the attack, Cker was among a dozen surfers near the mouth of the estuary, almost all beginners.

Laurent, who is in Costa Rica doing a photo shoot for Surfing Nation, a magazine specializing in Costa Rica surfing. According to the magazine, since 2008 there have been five attacks on surfers, one in Esterillos (Parrita), one in Playa Hermosa (Jaco) and there in Tamarindo.

Laurent said man fought the crocodile and came to shore by his own means, holding on to his surfboard.

The American was transferred to the Liberia hospital where he underwent surgery. Photo La Nacion
The American was transferred to the Liberia hospital where he underwent surgery. Photo La Nacion

“The surfer victim fought the animal, after being able to free his leg the crocodile went for his face, a decisive moment, he never stopped fighting the reptile, in the end the surfer lost part of his left and suffered multiple injuries on his face and all over his body but came out of the water paddling his board to shore, where was treated by surfers and  Tamarindo lifeguards who applied a tourniquet and stabilized him awaiting a private ambulance that him to hospital,” said the magazine report.

- Advertisement -

The Tamarindo estuary is a RAMSAR declared wetland, of international importance meaning that its biodiversity is under strict protection. The crocodiles were not always part of the landscape of the estuary.

According to Surfing Nation, a few years ago it was very common to see people swimming in the crystal waters, but sadly human intervention led to the estuary being populated by crocodiles. The situation is very difficult to understand by people who do not live their in the water.

Rivers, marshes and beaches of the Pacific are sites that have the highest number of fatal and nonfatal attacks crocodile.
Rivers, estuaries and beaches of the Pacific are sites that have the highest number of fatal and nonfatal attacks by crocodile.

“The recommendations of authorities of Tamarindo beach is simply ‘Do not go int the water’…something like telling people to ‘d not drive’ after an increase in traffic accidents,” says the magazine.

Sources include reports from La Nacion,

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Franklin Chang: “Space Agency Doesn’t Have to Be a Bureaucratic Elephant”

QCOSTARICA - The so-called Costa Rican space agency, recently approved by...


Torre del Bicentenario: An envisioned project to commemorate Costa Rica’s 200th

QCOSTARICA - To commemorate the Bicentennial of Costa Rica that occurs in 2021, Inverse Project has designed the Torre del Bicentenario for this important...

Drivers can use foreign license for 6 more months

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) announced Thursday that it will grant a grace period for six (6) more months...

CCSS reports 149,812 vaccines applied against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports applying a total of 149,812 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national application rate of...

Driver who severely beat anoter driver on the Autopista fired and being sued

QCOSTARICA - The images filled the morning news television screen, for no apparent reason, the driver of a big rig begins to beat with...

Best Places to Retire in Latin America in 2021 —

International Living’s annual Global Retirement Index compares, contrasts, ranks, and rates 25 countries across 10 categories. “All over the planet, we’ve identified friendly, good-value, warm-weather...

Costa Rica pays tribute to the deceased and survivors of the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Friday night, Costa Rica paid tribute to the memory of all the people who have lost their lives due to the pandemic...

Costa Rica Celebrates 200th This Year

QCOSTARICA - This year Costa Rica celebrates 200 years of independent life. And the road to commemorate the 200th has begun with the launch...

Government rules out, for now, toughening sanitary measures for Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - This Semana Santa, if the number of daily new cases continues on its current trend, we will not see the harsh sanitary...

In the first year of the pandemic, Costa Rica has the fifth lowest mortality from covid-19 in Latin America

QCOSTARICA -  How has Costa Rica done during its first year in the fight against covid-19? If you ask the demographer Luis Rosero Bixby,...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.