Search is on for croc attack victim

KOTA KINABALU: A search has been mounted for a 20-year-old man following a crocodile attack in the northern Kota Belud district, about 120km from here.

Yusri Dulpi was fishing at the Mantanani jetty when the reptile lunged at him and pulled him into the water on Friday.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said they received a call at 11.26pm.

“The team immediately scoured the waters around the jetty but failed to locate the victim,” he said, adding that the search was called off for the night.

The operation involving other agencies, including the police, Civil Defence Force and Sabah Wildlife Department, resumed at 6.58am yesterday.

The spokesman said the search was expanded to a 1km radius from the riverbank.

“We have yet to find the victim but will provide updates on the search from time to time,” he said.

This is the second attack in the past few days in Sabah after a 23-year-old oil palm plantation worker was killed by a crocodile in the east coast Lahad Datu district.

In the pre-dawn attack on Wednesday, four men were trapping crabs in waters off Kampung Tinagian, Tanjung Labian, when the man was snatched by the reptile.

The man’s body was later found on the beach near an army post in Kampung Tanjung Batu, about 5km away.

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