Hunt for deadly crocodiles

Police and local wildlife services were still searching for a crocodile that attacked a 12-year-old boy in...

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Police and local wildlife services were still searching for a crocodile that attacked a 12-year-old boy in northern KwaZulu Natal last week.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The boy and his friends were swimming in a river when a crocodile grabbed his leg.

The <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Umlathuze<placetype w:st="on">River was the only water source for people in a rural village near Eshowe in northern KwaZulu Natal as there were no taps in the area.

Many people bathed, collected water for drinking and cooking and crossed the river daily to get to work.

Police said they visited the area however they had not seen any signs of the crocodile.

They said they had asked the community to be vigilant when going to the river.

The 12-year-old boy who was attacked was discharged.