Jesus Alberto Lopez Ortiz Wiki – Jesus Alberto Lopez Ortiz Bio
Jesus Alberto Lopez Ortiz, A Costa Rican footballer has tragically died after being devoured by a crocodile while taking a dip in a river to cool off.
Jesus Alberto Lopez Ortiz, whose nickname was ‘Chucho’, died after he was mercilessly killed by the reptile on July 29 as he tried cooling off in a river in Río Cañas, Guanacaste Province, in Costa Rica.
Horrific images show the father-of-two fighting for life as he was carried away by the animal in its jaws.
Another clip shows the croc being shot dead in the water and carried to the riverbank, with local residents saying that they followed it in a canoe to recover Chucho’s body.
He featured for Deportivo Río Canas in the Costa Rican Ascent League. The cause of his death of him was an attack by a crocodile.
Jesus Alberto Lopez Ortiz died at the age of 29 years old.
Cause of Death
According to the Police, Chucho was attacked by the crocodile in the Canas river, and it remains uncertain whether he drowned or succumbed to the animal’s pressure during the attack.
Witnesses to the incident recounted that the 29-year-old player jumped from a bridge into the waters of the Canas river while he was exercising. Unfortunately, the crocodile’s attack led to his tragic demise from him.
The local Red Cross confirmed that the crocodile dragged his body away. To retrieve Lopez’s remains, the police had to use firearms to shoot down the crocodile. Deportivo Rio Canas issued a statement confirming his passing from him.
“With deep sorrow we make public the death of our player Jesus Lopez Ortiz (Chucho) may God rest his soul from him,” the statement read.
The victim was a footballer for Deportivo Rio Cañas who leaves behind his young children, who are aged three and eight
Jesus Alberto Lopez Ortiz Family
Chucho’s family are appealing to members of the public to help them pay for his funeral costs.
His team’s manager, Luis Carlos Montes, is also organizing a collection for the victim’s family.
His team from him said in a social media post: ‘We will remember you in the many facets of your sporting life as a coach, football player and also as a family father. You will always live in our hearts Chucho, fly high friend.’
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy prohibits the hunting or killing of protected animals such as crocodiles.
It is not currently known if the department is looking into the locals’ decision to kill the crocodile so locals could collect the body.
Local police said in a statement: “It should be clarified that all efforts were made to rescue the body of the deceased person without causing damage to the reptile, which was not possible.”