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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on November 17, 2000 at 18:38:40:
DAILY EXPRESS (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia) 07 November 00 Labourer missing after croc attack
Kinabatangan: An Indonesian plantation labourer went missing after he was attacked by a crocodile while crossing the Tekala river near here, Sunday morning.
Confirming the incident Monday, district police chief Inspector Abdul Hadi Baharuddin said despite an immediate search operation, police had yet to recover the body of the unidentified victim, said to be in his 40s.
Initial police investigation showed that the victim, together with four other fellow workers, had managed to cross the breast-deep 50-metre wide river.
As he was already on the other bank, his leg which was still in the water was suddenly grabbed by the crocodile. Despite his struggle to get free, the victim was dragged into the water where he disappeared from view.
The other workers said they were shocked and helpless. Hadi said a police report was made at noon the same day.
According to Hadi, he was led to understand that the reptile was about three to four feet in width but could not ascertain its length.
He said there had been claims that a goat and a dog were also attacked by crocodiles by the banks of the same river.
Villagers upon hearing the news, recalled recent incidents where a village head and a primary two pupil were attacked by crocodiles at the Paitan river, in the Beluran district.
The Wildlife Department also caught a 15-foot crocodile which was believed to have killed the two victims.
Some 70 crocodiles have been sighted in rivers in the district and some attribute this to land clearing near river banks.