Fact Check: 2019 Video Of A Crocodile Killing A Man In Indonesia Falsley Linked To India


A video claiming that a crocodile caught a person who went fishing in the Kabini River in Wayanad, Karnataka, is doing the rounds on social media. Many users have shared the video considering the incident to be true.

A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption: 

പുൽപ്പള്ളി: ഇന്ന് കബനി പുഴയിൽ മീൻ പിടിക്കാൻ ഇറങ്ങിയ ആളെ മുതല പിടിച്ചു (English: Pulpally: The crocodile caught the person who went fishing in Kabani river today)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, the NM team spotted a YouTube video, titled: Shocking Video Shows Crocodile With A Human Leg In Its Jaws! (*Warning* Graphic), published on April 25, 2019, on an unverified channel.

The video matches the viral clip and the description informs that the incident happened in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, on April 12, 2019. Darlin Uti, 30, was snorkelling in the murky river to fix an underwater pipe near his home when the crocodile attacked and killed him by biting his groin.

Searching to know more about the incident, we found a news report in The Sun, dated April 22, 2019 and titled: SAVAGED BY BEAST Crocodile emerges in river with missing MAN clenched in its jaws after killing him by biting his groin.

The video matches the viral clip and the article confirms that it is Darlin Uti in the viral clip and corroborates the claims made by the YouTube video. Similar articles were also found in Mirror, Latestly, and Daily Mail.

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming a crocodile caught a person who went fishing in the Kabini River, is false.

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