Croc at­tacks fish­er­man:

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A FISH­ING ex­pe­di­tion nearly turned fa­tal for a Chipinge man fol­low­ing a vi­cious crocodile at­tack in Save River last Satur­day.

The hor­ror in­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter Edzai Gudo, a welder from Chibuwe Vil­lage, came face to face with the deadly rep­tile around 10 am.

Speak­ing from his hospi­tal bed at Mutare pro­vin­cial hospi­tal this week, Gudo said the rep­tile’s jaws clamped his left leg which caused se­vere in­juries. He lost a lot of blood in the process. He also sus­tained a se­vere in­jury on his right leg. “I am lucky to be alive,” said Gudo. “I saw the crocodile swim­ming to­wards me when it was about fifty me­tres away. I sub­se­quently moved away and changed po­si­tions. Af­ter about five min­utes, I heard a splash and I felt the crocodile pulling my leg be­fore it dragged me into the river. I was hauled into the river and the rep­tile fought hard to pin me down. It clamped onto my left leg and twisted it.

“I felt in­tense pain but Tau­rai came to my res­cue as he pulled a log and hit the crocodile sev­eral times on its back. By then I was los­ing strength and I had lost hope. I told my­self that I was dy­ing. I started cry­ing out for help since I thought Tau­rai had also been over­pow­ered. The crocodile went away and we dashed out of the river, in agony,” he said.

He was rushed to Chibuwe Clinic but the nurses could not as­sist him fur­ther since he had lost a lot of blood. He was trans­ferred to Mutare pro­vin­cial hospi­tal where his leg was am­pu­tated.

Deputy Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Lux­son Chananda, urged peo­ple to de­sist from fish­ing or stay­ing near crocodile-in­fested rivers and dams to avoid un­nec­es­sary loss of lives.

Ward 20 coun­cil­lor, Mr Charles Mugidho, urged vil­lagers to re­frain from fish­ing in the Save River or river banks.

“Save is flooded these days. We urge vil­lagers to be wary of croc­o­diles which are in the river. This is the fifth crocodile at­tack we have recorded in a short time. Sensewell Makosi of Mu­tovhoti nearly died af­ter a crocodile at­tack while an­other crocodile was spot­ted near Themba Gatura’s home­stead. We are re­ally wor­ried about the crocodile at­tacks and we are ap­peal­ing to the Na­tional Parks and Wildlife of­fi­cials to as­sist us to avert fu­ture oc­cur­rences.”

Gudo, who was a bread­win­ner, ap­pealed to mem­bers of the public to as­sist him fi­nan­cially to foot hospi­tal bills and buy crutches, among other things.

Gudo re­cov­ers at Mutare Gen­eral Hospi­tal af­ter a vi­cious crocodile at­tack which left him with one leg.

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