Inspector Kisco Sitali
Zambezi region police said that the hunt for the 13-year-old boy who was attacked by a crocodile while swimming in the Zambezi River on Monday is still on.
The boy, identified as Malibivale Mathe, was swimming along the Zambezi River with three friends on Monday afternoon when the incident happened.
Inspector Kisco Sitali told Eagle FM on Saturday that the boys were not accompanied by an elder and that some of the people who saw it happen reacted late.
Malibivale’s parents reported the attack to the police who then initiated a search.
According to Inspector Sitali, although this is the first known incident to happen at the recreational place opposite Katima Mulilo Unam campus, incidents of crocodiles biting people are common along the Zambezi River.
“With the water levels rising,” he said, “predators are coming closer to the banks.”
Inspector Sitali said they encourage parents to accompany their children when they go swimming in the Zambezi.
In addition, he said, there are warning signs about possible crocodile attacks
Chief public relations officer Romeo Muyunda said on Saturday that six to 10 people on average are attacked by crocodiles in the Kavango and Zambezi regions especially.