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A FISH­ER­MAN thought he’d caught a whop­per – only to reel in a dead hu­man BODY.

The an­gler, known only as Sa­fari, was among hun­dreds of con­tes­tants at a match fish­ing con­test on the Ci­tarum River in Ban­dung, In­done­sia.

He hooked some­thing large but af­ter two min­utes of wrestling with what he thought was a large catch, a dead man’s hand broke the sur­face.

Sa­fari re­coiled in hor­ror af­ter re­al­is­ing the catch was ac­tu­ally the body of a man that had sunk to the bot­tom of the river.

Po­lice ar­rived at the event and helped to drag the body of a man ashore.

Of­fi­cers are now try­ing to iden­tify the per­son fished from the river and are ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents for more in­for­ma­tion.

They be­lieve he’d only re­cently gone in the wa­ter.

Ban­dung Po­lice Chief Se­nior Com­mis­sioner In­dra Her­mawan said: “The corpse was first dis­cov­ered by one of the par­tic­i­pants in the fish­ing con­test while wait­ing for his bait to be eaten.

“Soon, there seemed to be a bur­den on his hook. The wit­ness though his fish was heavy, but it was a dead body.

“The vic­tim has been taken to Sar­tika Asih Hospi­tal for an au­topsy.

“From the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, what is cer­tain is that there is no trace of vi­o­lence on the vic­tim’s body.”

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