Fish­er­man feared dead in croc at­tack

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube

A FISH­ER­MAN is feared dead while another is re­cu­per­at­ing in hos­pi­tal af­ter they were at­tacked by croc­o­diles in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents, one in the Zam­bezi River and the other at a dam in Hwange town. Both in­ci­dents oc­curred last week.

In Hwange, a croc­o­dile at­tacked Mr Martin Nde­bele while he was try­ing to re­trieve a fish­ing hook in a dam at around 3PM on Satur­day. Res­i­dents at Hwange’s Num­ber 3 sub­urb yes­ter­day waited for the po­lice sub-aqua unit to search for Nde­bele’s body who is feared dead.

Nde­bele (32), who was em­ployed by China South Min­ing Com­pany, had gone fish­ing with a neigh­bour only iden­ti­fied as Mr Mwila on Satur­day when dis­as­ter struck. His wife Ms Acu­lata Gumbo said: “He left home in the morn­ing at 5AM go­ing for fish­ing. I was told around 3PM that he had been at­tacked by a croc­o­dile. We are still wait­ing for po­lice to search for the body,” she said.

The woman said her hus­band was used to fish­ing in the same dam.

A neigh­bour, Mr Wayne Tshuma, nar­rated how the rep­tile at­tacked Nde­bele.

He said the croc­o­dile dragged Nde­bele into the wa­ter while Mr Mwila rushed to get help.

In Kanyam­bizi, a man only iden­ti­fied as Mr Mu­denda, who is ad­mit­ted to Victoria Falls District Hos­pi­tal, said he had fin­ished bathing when a croc­o­dile sud­denly grabbed his leg.

“I had just fin­ished bathing and wanted to pick con­tain­ers so I could fill them with wa­ter. As I went out of the wa­ter I was sud­denly hit on the left leg. I think it wanted me to fall back into wa­ter but missed,” said Mr Mu­denda.

He said the croc­o­dile im­me­di­ately dis­ap­peared into the wa­ter while he strug­gled to walk away from the river to­wards the near­est vil­lage. Mr Mu­denda said he col­lapsed af­ter cov­er­ing 10km. He said he was helped by a Good Sa­mar­i­tan who rushed to get a scotch cart that car­ried him home in Manono vil­lage where he was rushed to hos­pi­tal. Kanyam­bizi area, an il­le­gal cross­ing point on the Zam­bezi River used by Zam­bian cat­tle rustlers, is known for croc­o­dile at­tacks on peo­ple and an­i­mals.

A com­ment could not be ob­tained from the po­lice and Zim­babwe Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment Author­ity. - @ ncubeleon

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