Teenage Boy Rescues Man From Crocodile Jaws
In what should rank as contender for the stranger than fiction awards,a Chiredzi boy, aged 14,Tongai Mukota showed courage befitting a warrior of days gone by embarking on a daring rescue of a man twice his age from the jaws of a crocodile although the rescue was ultimately in vain as the man later succumbed to his would in hospital
The now deceased Mr Darlington Mavhunga ,26, who was taking a bath in the croc infested Mkwasine river near was attacked by the crocodile with his left leg snapped by a ferocious reptile which then dragged the man into the river prompting the brave youngman to start throwing stones at the crocodile whilst the hapless Mavhunga was trying to extricate himself from the pincer like grip of the river predator
The animal eventually let go of Mr Mavhunga and he was taken to Chiredzi General Hospital by his father, Mr Samuel Mavhunga where he later died from the injuries sustained from the attack.
In Africa alone there are several hundred crocodile attacks on humans per year. Many take place in small communities and are not widely reported. It is estimated that about a third to half are fatal, depending on the species. They are far more common than shark attacks and yet do not receive as much media coverage. They are mainly found in countries such as, , Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon, South Africa, Sudan, Botswana,Zambia and Zimbabwe among other sub Saharan African countries.
ZimbabweNewsday recently carried a similar story in which a woman was attacked and mauled to death by a crocodile in the same lowveld region