Nomatter Raymond, 13, had only been bathing in the Hunyani River in Zimbabwe for a few minutes when the killer crocodile exploded out of the water and dragged her away
A 13-year-old girl has been killed in Zimbawe after taking a bath in a river and being devoured by a crocodile.
Nomatter Raymond had been bathing on Hunyani River when the horrific incident occurred in front of her terrified friends.
Nomatter had only been in the water a few minutes when the crocodile exploded out of the water and dragged the teenager away, the Herald reported.
The horror was seen by her friends Lynette Mazowe, 14, and Angela Chiedza, 12, who had been fishing nearby and screamed for help.
Villagers rushed to the area straight away and started a search however the crocodile had vanished with her body.
Mashonaland Central Police Inspector Milton Mundembe said her body was found two days later around 70 metres further up the river.
As well as deep wounds from the crocodile’s teeth on her waist and back, a medical examiner found she suffered a broken thumb and wrist as she struggled with the deadly reptile.
He added: “Nomatter Raymond, went with her young sister aged eight to wash dishes in Hunyani River.
“After washing dishes, Nomatter instructed her sister to go back with the dishes to the shed in the field while she remained behind to take a bath.
“That’s when she was then attacked by a crocodile and dragged underwater.
“Please stay away from crocodile-infested water bodies, especially young people.”
The tragic event comes weeks after villagers in a remote part of Tanzania begged their government to destroy a pack of crocodiles who have eaten six people in just three months.
The terrified residents of Kimaramisale village have now been urged to stop collecting water from the river’s edge to avoid falling into the jaws of the beasts.
The man-eating crocs have been waiting while people collect water before launching from the river, dragging them under and then devouring them.
At their limit, the government of Tanzania has now committed to stepping in to make the area safer, News.cn reported.
The government is starting a project in the area which will mean villagers will no longer have to collect water from the Ruvu River.
But in response to the deadly attacks, villagers have urged the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to go further and destroy the creatures.
This article by Antony Thrower was first published by The Daily Star on 2 May 2022. Lead Image: The 13-year-old was dragged to her death by the crocodile (stock) (Image: AFP via Getty Images).
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