FISHERMAN EATEN BY CROCODILE IN PNG PROVINCE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 11) - A man in his 40s from Iwaie village in the Northern (Oro) Province is confirmed dead after he was attacked by a crocodile. Relatives recovered only his intestine in the river after the attack on Monday.

Popondetta police confirmed yesterday the man was attacked when he was out with a friend fishing on the Wareba River at the mouth of Koena Lake in the Ambasi area.

Police said the victim’s companion - the only witness to the attack - ran back to the village to raise the alarm.

Police said the remains of the man were retrieved by villagers using a fishing net to search the river for his body.

Chief Superintendent Micah Anaiwe, who is in Popondetta for the State of Emergency operations, warned people to take heed of warnings about venturing out to rivers which were infested with crocodiles after the floods last month.

Superintendant Anaiwe said locals were reporting sightings of dangerous reptiles along riverbanks, both inland and along the coastline. He said police shot and killed crocodiles two weeks ago at the Double Cross River along the Kokoda highway.

Meanwhile, a Hevilift aeroplane chartered by Higaturu Oil Palms Company to Popondetta from Port Moresby yesterday could not complete unloading cargo from the plane after the SOE Controller Vagi Oala ordered it not to.

Colonel Oala said he ordered the security forces to stop the plane from unloading because there were 16 cartons of beer among the cargo.

He said under SOE orders alcohol is not permitted in the province.

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