Boy, six, killed in crocodile attack in Belait river

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BELAIT

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy was killed in a crocodile attack yesterday afternoon in Sg Teraban, Belait.

The incident took place at 1.15pm, when the six-year-old and his two brothers, 8 and 10-years-old respectively, went for a swim in a river located in the backyard of their house.

According to the victim's father, Salihin Osman, his sons came running back towards the house shouting for help after they were unable to pry their brother’s body from the crocodile's grasp.

“I heard my two boys shouting for help, and I ran immediately to the river. After about 100 metres, then I saw my son's body floating,” said the 60-year-old father of 12.

The victim, who was already unconscious, was then rushed to the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2.24pm. According to his father, he suffered injuries to his head, neck and back.

Salihin informed that crocodile sightings were common in Sg Teraban, although attacks were rare. He suggested that the authorities set up fences in the area, along with warning signs.

Before his son's body was taken for burial, Salihin said: “Haikal was only in Year 1. He was a bright boy and was already doing so well in primary school (in Sg Teraban).”

“I will and am already missing him dearly.”

The Royal Brunei Police Force in a statement released yesterday said no criminal involvement was suspected.

The Brunei Times