By Nancy Nais
SRI AMAN, Apr 22: A man is believed to have been devoured by a crocodile during a fishing trip at Sungai Batang Lupar, today.
Sarawak Fire and Rescue (Bomba) operation center in a statement said they received a distress call at 3.59 pm.
A team of firefighters led by Sri Aman fire station chief William Baheng was dispatched to the scene.
It was understood that the 29-year-old victim, Yanha Mahrat, went fishing near Kampung Melayu, Tanjung Pijat with his uncle Mohamad Nor Suhaili, 46, and two other friends at 2 pm.
His friends chose to fish by the river bank while the victim stood deeper in the river.
According to Mohamad Nor, his nephew suddenly screamed for help before he went under the water and was nowhere to be seen after that.
The victim’s friends said they saw a crocodile appear and maul the victim several times.
SAR operations will begin at 6am tomorrow. No search and rescue (SAR) operation could be carried out today as the river water was receding, making it unsuitable for rescuers to use their boats.—DayakDaily