Croc kills man tying up boat in the Philippines

2017-12-25 07:08


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Manila - Philippine police say a crocodile has killed a man who was securing his boat as a tropical storm bore down on the western island of Palawan.

Abdulsalam Binang Amerhasan, 53, went to the river in driving rain to tie up his boat, with waters rising as Tropical Storm Tembin closed in, a police report said.

When Amerhasan failed to return home after an hour, his worried wife sought help from neighbours who launched an overnight search, believing he had had an accident.

"The community responded and conduct(ed a) search along the river until they found out that the lifeless body of the victim was still (being) attacked by a crocodile", the police said. 

The attack in the fishing town of Bataraza was the third reported in Palawan since October, often called the Philippines' "last frontier", and one of the few areas in the country where crocodiles are still common.

Hunting and habitat loss have seen crocodile numbers plummet in other parts of the archipelago.

The state weather service said Tembin was expected to hit the Balabac and Bataraza areas late on Saturday.

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