Kalabo, October 16, 2019, ZANIS--- An 18-year old male teenager in Kalabo district of Western Province has been left with only a leg and died later following a vicious attack by a crocodile.

ZANIS reports that Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) Liuwa Area Warden Gabriel Masaku confirmed the incident in a telephone interview and identified the deceased as Nakwambwa Nalumino, a fisherman of Nambulu village in Chief Sinawambuyu’s sub-chiefdom, Libonda area.

Mr. Masaku said the deceased’s right leg was yesterday discovered by fellow fishermen in a lake off the Zambezi River after a spirited search.

Wildlife officers were being deployed to the scene in order to establish the matter and hunt down the reptile.

And Libonda Ward Councilor Musialela Musialela said the deceased was in a dugout canoe when he met his fate on Monday evening around 19:00 hours while crossing a lake from the other side where he had gone to buy mealie-meal.

Mr. Musialela explained that the victim is believed to have been paddling the canoe using his hands when the reptile snatched and pulled him out of the canoe into the water.

The teen fisherman’s canoe was yesterday morning found floating in the lake but with traces of the owner except for the mealie meal and other belongings which were inside the vessel.

The deceased’s remains were still lying at the scene awaiting instructions from relevant authorities before burial adding that the search for the other body parts has proved futile.

Mr Musialela  lamented that people in Libonda area were living in fear of crocodiles saying the number has increased tremendously.

He has since appealed to the DNPW to consider cropping the reptiles in order to safeguard human lives and for people not to take the law into their own hands in self defence.