Malawi teen boy survives crocodile attack

A 13 years old boy (Tamanda Liwule) from Chingawa, village headman Zidyana of Traditional Authority Nkaya in the eastern district of Balaka survived a crocodile attack on Monday afternoon.

Before the accident happened, the victim is said to have gone to a maize field to guard maize crops from monkeys who wanders in fields destroying crops. While there, the victim together with a friend decided to swim in a nearby Rivirivi river where he was grabbed by the deadly animal.

His cries were heard by the victim’s uncle Peter Fonaliya who was working in a nearby field who came to his rescue.

victim's hand after first aid at Utale 2 health centre.-Photo by Sella Pumani, Nyasa Times

victim’s hand after first aid at Utale 2 health centre.-Photo by Sella Pumani, Nyasa Times

Speaking to Nyasa Times Dancan Kamwendo the area’s health surveillance assistance (HSA) said :“One of the witnesses the victim’s uncle heard a boy screaming for help, he run down to the river where he saw the victim being caught by a crocodile which sank him in the river and shown him above the water.”

Kamwendo said the rescuer whacked the crocodile with the hole until it let go and disappeared into the water.

The victim was rushed to a nearby Utale 2 health centre where he was given a first aid treatment before being taken to Balaka district hospital by Goal Malawi crew who were in the village at the time of the incident for their organization projects follow up visit.

This accident has happened barely two weeks after another man was also attacked by a croc in the same river.

Meanwhile, the victim who sustained a  bone fracture, deep bites and cuts on his left hand is at Balaka district hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Fonaliya and the victim he saved.-Photo by Sella Pumani, Nyasa Times

Fonaliya and the victim he saved.-Photo by Sella Pumani, Nyasa Times

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