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Body parts salvaged after crocodile attack in Kisumu

Parts of a fisherman who was grabbed by a crocodile was recovered under the reeds following a search that was mounted from last week by the Kenya Coast Guards, the Kenya Wildlife Service in conjunction with local fishermen in Kisumu.

Only the thigh of Gabriel Okoth was fished out from Lake Victoria and was taken to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital for preservation.

Hellen Ngala who is a sister to the deceased was shocked given that the incident happened when their mother who has been ailing almost went into a coma following the news of the recovery. This comes as his other brother who is admitted in hospital following an attack by the same reptile.

The deceased fisherman is said to have departed from home around 6pm for a fishing expedition but while at sea he disembarked from the boat to tether the vessel to a certain fixed post and that is when the reptile leaped on him dirtying the surrounding water till they did not know which direction the animal had disappeared to.

The other victim of crocodile attack identified as Nicholas had also gone on a fishing exercise to get food for the family but the reptile snatched him right from the boat where he was luckily to be rescued by his companions.

Some of those who witnessed the ordeal have now appealed to the government and the Kenya Wildlife Services to fish out the crocodile from Dunga beach since its presence continues to derail their fishing expedition efforts.

Daniel Otieno who is a boat operator at the beach also appealed to the government through KWS to relocate the reptile from the Dunga beach claiming the presence of the animal had compromised many income generating activities for countless families at the moment.

Boniface Okach who is a resident, appealed to the government agencies in charge of wild animals to intervene. He said it is barely a month since similar incident happened at the very beach and now insisting the government must compensate the victims promptly.

By Milton Onyango

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