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Teenager survives crocodile attack in Palawan.

By Aaron Recuenco

A swimming trip of two high school friends ended in tragedy after one of them was almost eaten alive by a crocodile in Balabac town, Palawan, police reported.

The crocodile had clamped its jaws on the right leg of 16-year-old Parsi Hulia Diaz and was dragging him away. His friend Ronel Sara kept hitting the animal with a paddle until it released Diaz, according to Chief Insp. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson of the Mimaropa (Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police.

Diaz had bite wounds on the leg and buttocks.

Tolentino said that on Saturday morning, she and his Sara decided to go swimming in the waters of Barangay Poblacion V.

While they were preparing to board a canoe, the crocodile bit Diaz in the leg.

"Immediately his friend (Sara) boarded the motor banca first helped him and by hitting the the crocodile using a paddle of the boat," said Tolentino.

"The repeated attack on the crocodile eventually forced the crocodile to release the victim," she said.

The southernmost part of Palawan province where Balabac town is located is home to the saltwater crocodile. Several people have been killed in crocodile attacks in the past years.

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Date:Oct 21, 2018
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