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Eight-year-old boy snatched by croc in Kinabatangan River

14th August, 2020

BY JAMES LEONG

KINABATANGAN: The hunt for a rogue crocodile that snatched an eight-year old boy swimming in the river began at first light yesterday morning.

The crocodile attack took place at around 10am on Wednesday after the Indonesian boy and his father had launched their boat and decided to take a dip.

But suddenly, the father heard wild splashing, and turned to see his son in jaws of the reptile.

The ferocious beast dragged Asmin Abdullah under the water and disappeared. After watching anxiously, the father saw the crocodile resurfacing on the other side of the river at Kampung Muhibbah Hujung near here.

He immediately returned to his village and sought help.

Police and members of the district Civil Defence Force rushed to the location on a village boat about 15 minutes from Pangkalan Bukit Garam at 2.45 pm.

But the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation was being suspended due to bad weather.

And, at about 4.08 pm, the crocodile resurfaced again and the police received the green light to shoot the reptile. But it had disappeared.

   
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