Zim boy 'lucky to be alive' after crocodile attack
A teenager survived a crocodile attack after swimming in the Zimbabwean Gwayi River.
JOHANNESBURG - A Zimbabwean teenager is lucky to be alive after he fought off a crocodile, which had dragged him into a river.
The boy is being treated in a Bulawayo hospital, where he told a local newspaper he survived by clinging to a log.
The Chronicleis reporting today that 15-year-old Mpumelelo Tshuma went swimming with his friends in the Gwayi River ahead of the new school term.
A crocodile grabbed him by his left leg and dragged him into the river.
The boy fought hard to stop the crocodile from taking him under water.
He was rescued by his older brother, who threw out a log for the boy to cling to while other friends pelted the crocodile with stones.
Tshuma, who suffered severe lacerations to his leg, is now recovering in the Mpilo Hospital, as state hospital which is critically short of basic drugs and medical supplies.