A NINE year-old boy from Santa Ana, Makira Ulawa province was lucky to have survived a crocodile attack on Tuesday, at Lake Wairafa.
A report reaching Solomon Star late on Tuesday said, the incident happened on Tuesday morning during a fishing trip at the lake.
“The boy was walking behind his mother when the crocodile suddenly attacked him.
“He was being grabbed by the crocodile on his left leg,” our informant said.
However, the boy was lucky that the crocodile released him.
“He was lucky somehow that the reptile released him.
“The boy was then taken to the clinic afterwards,” the informant added.
It was understood that the young boy was receiving treatment at Gupuna clinic.
But, he needed assistance to either travel to Kirakira hospital or even airlifted to Honiara.
As of yesterday, the nurse and the people there were trying to contact the Kirakira hospital to refer the victim to the hospital.
“There is also fuel shortage here in Santa Ana, so we can’t be able to transport the child to Kirakira by boat,” Solomon Star was told.
Solomon Star understands that reports of crocodile attacks on the lakes in Santa Ana are rare or not always reported.
It was also reported that the incident is the first of its kind to have happened on the island.
The incident has caused panic and fear to the communities of Natagera, Gupuna, and Nafinotoga villages of the Santa Ana Island.
By FOLLET JOHN