Published April 12, 2013
WBBH-TV reports guide Tommy Owen was out on the boat with a family Tuesday when he spotted the massive snake in the water. He says his instincts took over, and he hopped in after it.
“I didn’t even realize it was 10 feet – definitely thought it was over 6 feet – definitely bigger than me. I didn’t realize it was three times the size of my arm,” Owen said.
Owen says he was able to pin the snake down enough, using what he calls “snake jujitsu,” that his partner was able to kill it.
“With a snake especially that big, you get one chance to grab it by the neck where it doesn’t bite you. I had him, eventually exposed the neck to Warren. I want the head away – that’s the most dangerous part of the snake so I exposed the neck and he was able to eventually make that cut,” Owen told WBBH-TV.
The family on the tour caught the whole incident on camera.