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Fisherman killed in latest crocodile attack

Jakarta, Indonesia - A fisherman has been killed by a crocodile on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The animal had capsized the boat on which the 35-year-old man had been traveling with his father-in-law.

Crocodile attacks are frequent in the Southeastern Asian island state of Indonesia. (stock image)
Crocodile attacks are frequent in the Southeastern Asian island state of Indonesia. (stock image)  © 123RF / Peter Sobolev

On Friday, local police chief Bambang Wiyono said that the incident occurred on the Bungin River, in the island's southern Banyuasin region.

The 70-year-old father-in-law was able to escape without injuries and called for help.

But for the victim it was already too late: when rescuers arrived, only his lifeless body could be recovered from the river.

Unfortunately, attacks by crocodiles are quite frequent in the South East Asian island-state.

There are no exact statistics, but according to the authorities, at least five people have been killed by the reptiles this year alone.

Cover photo: 123RF / Peter Sobolev

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