A security guard on the resort Island of Bali was strangled to death by a 15-foot python in front of a crowd of helpless onlookers on Friday.
The python had been spotted several times around the Bali Hyatt Resort, which is currently closed for renovations until 2015.
Ambar Arianto Mulyo, 59, who worked at a nearby restaurant, offered to help the hotel catch the snake.
The hotel’s assistant security manager, Agung Bawa, said Mulyo secured the snake by its head and tail and hoisted it over his shoulders.
The snake constricted, wrapping itself around Mulyo’s body. Onlookers were unable or unwilling to help him.
"It happened so fast," Bawa said. "We were sad because we could not do anything to help him."
Mulyo died of suffocation, said Denpasar police Capt. Gusti Ngurah Yudistira.
The python escaped into nearby bushes and police were still searching for it.
Yudistira warned tourists that the python was still on the loose in the Sanur area.