In Summary
  • A group of young men harvesting sand a distance from where she was attacked watched helplessly as the deadly huge crocodile swam downstream with the young mother.
  • Residents are now calling Tana River County government to consider procuring rescue boats that would be stationed permanently in the area to help in rescue missions during such incidents.

A woman was killed on Thursday by a crocodile on River Tana as some resudents watched helplessly as the reptile dragged her away deep into the waters.

The reptile attacked the 21-year old mother, Mwanaharusi Halako, as she went to fetch water from the crocodile infested river alone.

A group of young men harvesting sand a distance from where she was attacked watched helplessly as the deadly huge crocodile swam downstream with the young mother.

They frantically shouted in a bid to scare away the reptile, which sometimes works, but failed in the case as the life of the young woman from Mji wa Wazee village was shattered.

Her husband, Ali Mohamed Jillo, rushed into the water to rescue his wife, but he was overwhelmed by the currents and had to swim out as his wife had already disappeared.

“The response was delayed by lack of canoes to help us pursue the crocodile,” said Mr Jillo at his Malindi ya Ngwena home.

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