Villager wounded after fighting off croc


Painful ordeal: Fire and Rescue personnel helping the villager to the hospital after the crocodile attack in Miri.

Painful ordeal: Fire and Rescue personnel helping the villager to the hospital after the crocodile attack in Miri.

MIRI: A villager who was fishing fought off a crocodile that snatched him from his boat.

However, he is now fighting for his life at a hospital here.

Christopher Lihan, 31, survived the attack on Saturday morning but suffered massive bleeding from gaping body and limb wounds.

The incident happened at about 2am on the Baram River fronting Kampung Tutoh, which is about a three-hour boat ride from Marudi town.

Marudi district in northern Sarawak is about two hours by land from Miri.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the seriously injured man escaped the jaws of the crocodile despite being pulled into the river.

“He was inside the boat when suddenly a crocodile came out from the water and attacked him.

“He fell in and the croc grabbed his body, but he somehow managed to free himself,” said Supt Law.

He added that the victim managed to swim to his wife who was at the riverbank shouting for help.

Other villagers rushed him by boat to Marudi town before he was taken to Marudi Hospital by the Fire and Rescue Department.

“He was bleeding profusely from serious wounds to the body and right leg,” Supt Law said.

The victim was given emergency treatment when he arrived at about 5am, he added.

Due to his serious condition, Supt Law said the victim was then rushed to Miri Hospital by road.

He is now at the intensive care unit.