OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Tulagi in the Central Province have conducted an awareness in relation to crocodile threat in the township after a crocodile attacked a man who went out diving at the seafront of Raiders Rest House.
The crocodile attack occurred last Wednesday night.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) Crime and Intelligence Patricia Leta said, “The person was out on a diving trip when a five-metre crocodile attacked him in the water between 12:00 am to 1:30am.”
AC Leta said, “The victim managed to escape the crocodile attack but sustained serious injuries on his head and scratches on his back and chest. The victim is now recovering after he was assisted by police to Tulagi hospital for medical attention.”
She said, “Tulagi Police on that night conducted a search in the sea front and sighted the crocodile in front of the police station.”
Police had received information and reports from the general public that the same crocodile was sighted several times at the same location which caused risk and danger to the public and the surrounding communities.
Arrangements are under way for the Police Response Team (PRT) to destroy the crocodile.
“I want to appeal to those living in and around Tulagi and the area the crocodile was sighted to stay out from the sea, as it is now considered dangerous and a no-go zone while waiting for the PRT to set up and search for the deadly creature,” AC Leta said.