An eight-year-old boy was bathing with a friend, and killed by crocodiles while playing in the Kampung Sabah Baru river, reported Astro Awani on 11 December afternoon.
The boy’s friend immediately contacted the victim’s dad and told him that the boy was suddenly eaten by a crocodile during bath.
Then, the Marine Police Force (PPM) and the Lahad Datu Fire and Rescue Department for search and rescue (SAR) operations were immediately contacted the moment this incident was reported to the police.
The Lahad Datu District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Rohan Shah Ahmad said that the child’s dead body was found at 3:30 pm later that afternoon, floating in the river not far from the scene.
The boy found at the scene found that the distance between the scene and the victim’s house was only about 20 meters.
The young boy sustained injuries to the body, namely the waist, abdomen, and chest, and was declared dead at the scene.
The death has since been ruled as sudden death as no foul play or criminal elements were found linked to this incident.