A TEENAGE boy was eaten alive by piranhas after leaping into a river infested with the flesh-eating fish in northeastern Bolivia, authorities have said.
The 18-year-old man was drunk when he jumped out of a canoe in the Bolivian town of Rosario del Yata, 400 miles (640 kilometres) north of the capital of La Paz, police official Daniel Cayaya said.
The man bled to death after the attack, which occurred last Thursday, Mr Cayaya said. First word of the incident emerged on Tuesday, when it was reported by the local Erbol radio station.
Police suspect that the man had committed suicide because he was a fisherman in the region who knew the Yata river well.
Despite their fearsome reputation, fatal attacks by piranhas on humans are rare