CROC ATTACK : Fisherman snatched from jaws of death
KUCHING: A fisherman who was attacked by a crocodile in a river while looking for prawns on Monday night was extremely lucky to escape with his life.
The incident happened around 8pm at Kampung Paroh near Sejijak in Batu Kawah when Osmandi Dollah, 27, went to the river with four of his relatives to look for prawns.
The five men each set out in separate boats which, apart from Osmandi’s boat, were all equipped with outboard engines.
Relating the incident to reporters when met at his home late yesterday afternoon, he said he was just about to throw his fishing net into the water when the ‘monster’ suddenly leapt out of the water and bit into the left side of his body and arm before pulling him into the river.
“Luckily for me, the tide was low at the time and that probably saved me from drowning,” he said while showing the bite marks on his arm and body.
He added that he grabbed hold of the reptile’s head and struggled with it for several minutes while shouting to his relatives for help.
Hearing his cries, the other men sped in their boats towards him and one of them rammed his boat into the croc’s body, causing the reptile to release its grip on Osmandi and disappear underwater.
Another relative hauled the injured Osmandi into his boat and brought him back to shore from where he was rushed to a private clinic.
Describing the croc as approximately two-and-a-half feet wide, the still visibly-shaken Osmandi said had it not been for the alertness of his relatives, he would have ended up as the monster’s dinner.
As it was, he was snatched from the jaws of death and was grateful to have escaped.
Posted by 4th Man at 23:53