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Crab fisherman eaten by crocodile in Palawan

/ 07:12 AM February 22, 2018

A crab fisherman has been killed and half-eaten by a huge saltwater crocodile, the latest in a growing number of attacks on a remote Balabac Island, police said on Wednesday.

The family and neighbors of Rebente Ladja, 37, launched a search after he failed to return home on Monday from setting crab traps at a mangrove forest on the coast of Balabac, off the island of Palawan.

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“They found his mangled remains at the swamp that night, with a huge crocodile beside it. The crocodile had consumed the upper half of his body,” Balabac police officer Allan Vic Macasil told Agence France-Presse (AFP) by telephone.

He said it was the fifth crocodile attack in Balabac in less than six years.

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A 12-year-old niece of Ladja was dragged away by a crocodile at a nearby village three months ago and had not been found, Macasil added.

A crocodile bit a Balabac woman last October but she survived, while two other residents of the mainly fishing island had been killed by the reptiles since 2012, he said.

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