Man is mauled to death by a crocodile in front of his horrified nephew while hunting for crabs in Malaysia
- Muh Tahir Majid Syam was hunting for crabs with his nephew in Sarawak state
- His nephew spotted him being dragged under water by the saltwater crocodile
- He saw his uncle’s head pop up above the water’s surface before sinking again
An Indonesian man has been mauled to death by a crocodile in Malaysia in front of his horrified nephew while hunting for crabs.
Muh Tahir Majid Syam went missing while on the trip with his nephew on Tuesday by a river in Sarawak state on jungle-clad Borneo island.
The 40-year-old’s shocked nephew, Muhammad Arfian Putra Effendy, 24, spotted the victim disappear into the river during the attack.
While looking for him, the younger man suddenly saw his uncle’s head pop up above the water’s surface before sinking again, deputy local police chief Mohamad Sabri Zainol said today.
Crocodiles are endemic to Borneo and the reptiles – which can grow to a length of 22 ft – have been blamed for a series of attacks on humans in recent years
‘[The nephew] was looking around, and then he saw his uncle’s head in the water before being pulled back into the river,’ the police officer said.
Muh Tahir’s body was found yesterday covered in bite marks, leading police to conclude he was likely killed by a saltwater crocodile.
The victim was a migrant worker on a palm oil plantation, the official news agency Bernama reported. Many Indonesians work in the agricultural sector in relatively affluent Malaysia.
Saltwater crocodiles are often sighted along rivers and by beaches in Malaysia’s two states on Borneo, Sabah and Sarawak. Borneo is shared between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
The reptiles, which can grow up to seven metres 22ft long, have been blamed for a series of attacks in recent years in the area.
Authorities in Sarawak began granting licences to hunt crocodiles in 2017 in a bid to reduce the number of attacks, according to local media.