ANOTHER CROCODILE ATTACK IN THE SOLOMONS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 16, 2002 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)---A 24-year-old man was attacked by a crocodile at Yandina, Russell Islands, in Central Province.

Officials have cautioning residents to take extra care when fishing after dusk, as crocodile attacks are frequent in the Yandina area.

A young man attacked by a crocodile last month was never found.

In the latest incident, the man and a co-worker were diving near the Fisheries Center at Yandina when the crocodile attacked.

Medical reports said the victim received multiple injuries to his head and other parts to his body. But he survived the attack and his condition is improving.

In April, a Guadalcanal man was killed by a crocodile while fishing with two companions on the Hoilava River.

The crocodile population in the Solomon Islands is reported to be growing at a rapid rate.

There have also been recent reports of crocodile attacks in neighboring Papua New Guinea.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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