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Bolivian teen may have committed ‘suicide by piranha’ (yikes)

Dec 7, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT


Police aren’t totally sure why an 18-year-old fisherman jumped out of his canoe into piranha-infested waters, but they suspect ‘suicide by piranha’, which is a harsh way to go and pretty much last on most people’s lists. The unidentified man jumped into the Yata River in Rosario del Yata, which is 400 miles north of the Bolivian capital La Paz.

Local police officer Daniel Cayaya revealed the police suspect suicide because the teenager was a fisherman in the region who knew the Yata River, and its inhabitants, well.

The man, while not technically eaten alive, was bitten severely and died later from loss of blood. Experts maintain that human deaths from piranha attacks are rare. I maintain that I will never go into the water anywhere south of San Diego, even if it’s in a hotel pool.

Teen in ‘suicide by piranha’ [The London Sun]

  1. goforthanddie - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    That’s one way to do it.

  2. lewp - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    And upon further review, “Local police officer Daniel Cayaya said the man was thought to have been drunk at the time.”

    Now I’m beginning to understand why…