But the most harrowing encounter with a Konkola croc occurred on November 6, 1981. The play-by-play was recounted in the local Mining Mirror under the headline SCREAMS . . . THEN RESCUE AT GOLF COURSE: CADDIE NEARLY MAULED TO DEATH.
According to an eyewitness account, four golfers on the first green heard cries of "nafwaa ee" ("I am dying") coming from the pond off the ninth fairway. The golfers and their caddies ran through the rough. To their horror, a croc was dragging the screaming caddie into deeper water. One of the foursome recalled, "We stood there flabbergasted and dumbfounded to see a human being dragged to be eaten alive by this ugly-looking monster."
A golfer and a caddie waded into the water and grabbed the screaming caddie by his shoulders. "We started pulling the victim from the crocodile, which had bitten and had clang [sic] to his right arm," said the golfer. "As we pulled away hard, the victim's arm snapped like a dry twig in the crocodile's mouth and broke."
The croc stopped "clanging." When they finally yanked the caddie ashore, the croc charged and snagged the caddie's buttocks. The golfer kept the beast at bay with his putter. After a while it let go, turned and slithered back into the pond. Doctors severed the caddie's right arm. He now makes a slender living selling cigarettes at the Kitwe bus station.
Occasionally even a player is confronted by a croc. One old Konkola hand tells of a golfer rescued by his partner, who "dispatched the reptile with a blow to the head."
A nine-iron, legend has it.