A 12-year old girl survived a crocodile attack in Barangay Poblacion VI, Balabac town Friday evening.
P/Capt. Ric Ramos spokesperson of the Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPO) said the girl is a Grade 7 student of the Balabac National High School but is a resident of Barangay Catagupan also in the same town.
Ramos disclosed that the girl was with her older brother when the attack happened around 6:30 p.m. They were crossing a creek through a fallen coconut tree to go to her grandmother when the saltwater crocodile grabbed the back of her right leg.
He said the crocodile tried to drag the young victim to the water but her older brother managed to pull and save her.
In photos provided by Lt. Dan Feriol from the Balabac Special Boat Unit (SBU) of the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group, bite wounds at the back of the girl’s right leg can be seen being treated by emergency personnel at a medical facility in the town.
On November 1, 52-year-old fisherman Hairal Halon Jaapal of Sitio Kamonongan, Barangay Tagolango, Bataraza, also survived a late-night crocodile attack. He is the sixth victim this year in Palawan.
Jaapal sustained bite wounds on different parts of the body. He was attacked while helping relatives push a newly-built motorboat from a river in Kamonongan to the sea during high tide.