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Twelfth croc to be destroyed in past two weeks

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 8, 2008) - Tetere Police were called to assist to an incident of a crocodile attack at the Matepona River in the early hours of Sunday.

[PIR editor’s note: Tetere is located on the central Guadalcanal plain.]

A man and his wife were at the Matepona River mouth on a fishing trip. Between 1 and 2 a.m. on Sunday morning a large crocodile came and grabbed the man from the riverside.

His wife saw and heard shouts as the crocodile swam away with him. After receiving the report, Police and Participating Police Force (PPF) officers arrived at the scene and helped retrieve the deceased from the crocodile’s mouth.

The crocodile was still swimming around with the body when the police arrived at the scene.

Peter Rinta from Mangautu, threw himself onto the croc’s back to attempt to make it release the deceased.

PPF Police fired a shot at the crocodile and the deceased’s body immediately was retrieved.

It is believed the crocodile was fatally injured and sank to the bottom of the river.

The man died of severe injuries to his body.

This is the twelfth crocodile that RAMSI [Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands] has destroyed in Guadalcanal and the provinces in the past two weeks.

Three were recently destroyed in Gizo, and eight in Morovo Lagoon in the New Georgia Group.

RAMSI again urges anyone who is being threatened by a crocodile to contact their local police for assistance.

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