A 13-year-old Hwange boy is lucky to be alive after he wrestled with a crocodile that had attacked him while fishing at Kalope Dam just outside Hwange town.
The boy from Dick village under Chief Nekatambe managed to escape after squeezing tight the nostrils of the crocodile that had bitten his right leg.
“It was around 4:30pm when we went for fishing at the dam with my friend. We had put traps for the cat fish(Umlamba). I got in the dam assuming the trap had caught a fish, but instead there was a crocodile close to the trap,” narrated Craighton Dube who is still admitted at the Hwange Colliery Hospital.
Craighton wrestled with the huge reptile until he managed to squeeze the nostrils of the crocodile while he grasped for air.
“When I squeezed it tight, the crocodile started to retreat, but I was now powerless. I struggled to swim to the bank with the crocodile following me slowly, getting ready to attack again. We started throwing stones on the vicious crocodile as we waited for my father,” said the courageous Craighton.
Craighton is still admitted at Hwange Colliery Hospital where his right leg has since been amputated. His family is now seeking financial assistance to help in paying for the medical expenses.
Those willing to assist please contact Bernard Dube on: +263776532113.