Crocodile attacks in Palawan, teen missing

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Crocodile attacks in Palawan, teen missing
Saltwater crocodiles are notorious for attacking humans in Balabac, Palawan. It can grow up to 6 meters (20 feet) long and weigh up to a ton. (Image from Interaksyon)

Crocodile attacks in Palawan, snatching a 15-year old boy in Balabac, Palawan, Sunday night.

The teenager went missing and feared dead after a crocodile attacked him while he was catching fish in the sea.

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Miranda’s uncle Pablo Tanain told the police that the attack happened at around 10 in the morning. He, Miranda and two other cousins dived to catch fish near Sitio Bual, Brgy. Indalawan.

After they swam underwater, Miranda’s cousin Ismaale Sarmiento saw Miranda’s flashlight floating.

Then he saw the crocodile crawling on his side, biting Miranda on his nape and swimming towards the deeper part of the sea, Faltado said.

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Ismael screamed for help from his uncle and another cousin, but the two were not able to do anything as they were also afraid to get bitten by the crocodile.

Members of the local police, PNP Maritime Group, Coast Guard, and barangay officials went to the scene to conduct a search and rescue or retrieval operation, Faltado said.

Crocodile attacks in Palawan

The incident happened less than one month after a 10-year old boy’s dismembered body, a crocodile attack victim was found in Brgy. Salang, Balabac, Palawan.

The child was on board with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac when the crocodile snatched him from the boat.

His father searched for him overnight but failed. A fisherman found the boy’s half-eaten carcass in a mangrove swamp, late Monday, August 12.

In November 2018, a crocodile also in the Balabac area killed a 33-year-old fisherman.

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