By DAVID BAKER
Horror: A saltwater crocodile snatched and killed a 10-year-old girl in Indonesia as her father and brother watched helplessly (file pic)
A father watched helplesssly as his 10-year-old daughter was snatched and killed by a crocodile in Indonesia.
The pair, along with the girl's brother, had been hunting for turtles in the East Nusa Tenggara province when the girl, Juraida, was dragged in to the water by a giant saltwater crocodile.
Indonesian official Viktor Mado Waton, speaking to the Jakarta Post, said: 'Juraida was seized when she was in about half a metre of water at the river’s mouth.'
Juraida's body has yet to be found.
Locals had already told officials they had seen several crocodiles sunbathing at the river mouth a few days before the incident.
Fatal: The attack happened near Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia. It is the second attack on the Wailolong river in a month
He said her family had been only yards away but 'father and brother could only watch helplessly'. A rescue team later discovered a dress and a hair ribbon on the sand near the site of the incident on the Wailolong river.
And last month a boy was killed by a crocodile in the same river whilst villagers have also reported a loss of livestock.
The salt water crocodile is the largest of all living reptiles and is more commonly found in Australia, the eastern coast of India and parts of south-east Asia.
Although, on average, there are just two fatal attacks reported per year, in recent years there have been attacks in Borneo, Sumatra and Myanmar.
Monday, January 23, 2012
By DAVID BAKER