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Fisherman eaten by crocodile on Philippine island

MANILA: A crab fisherman has been killed and half-eaten by a huge saltwater crocodile, the latest in a growing number of attacks on a remote Philippine island, police said Wednesday. The family and neighbours of Rebente Ladja, 37, launched a search after he failed to return home Monday from setting crab traps at a mangrove forest on the coast of Balabac, off the country's main southwestern island of Palawan. "They found his mangled remains at the swamp that night, with a huge crocodile beside it. The crocodile had…

WATCH: Crocodile snatches fisherman’s catch in Australian river, video goes viral

A video of a crocodile rushing towards a fish caught on the bait by a fisherman and ‘snatching’ it is now going viral on the internet. The video was shot in Australia. Known to be the state’s most dangerous water crossing because it is a feeding ground for saltwater crocodiles, Cahill Crossing saw yet another instance in which a crocodile in swift motion swam up to a fisherman’s catch and lunged at it, all in the matter of just a few seconds. The video shows by-standers recording the sight on their phones, while the…

Fisherman nets message in a bottle in isolated Gaza

GAZA: For Palestinian fisherman Jihad al-Soltan, it was a surprise summer catch -- a message in a bottle that he netted off a Gaza beach. It had bobbed its way in the Mediterranean for nearly 800 km (500 miles) from the Greek island of Rhodes, placed in the water by a vacationing British couple in July. "We are currently on holiday on Rhodes and we would love to know how far this bottle got, even if it's just the next beach," said the letter inside, signed "Faithfully, Zac and Beth". By replying to the email address…

Canadian fisherman killed by whale he saved

OTTAWA: A Canadian fisherman lost his life after freeing a whale which had become tangled up in fishing gear. Joe Howlett, from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, has saved dozens of endangered whales after they became entangled in fishing nets. Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc offered his sympathies to Mr Howlett's family and friends. In a statement, he said: "We have lost an irreplaceable member of the whale rescue community. His expertise and dedication will be greatly missed." The 59-year-old had…

78 Indian fisherman released from Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistan jail authorities on Sunday released 78 Indian fisherman held for trespassing into its territorial waters, officials said. "The fishermen were released from Karachi's Landhi jail," an official of the provincial home department of Sindh, Naseem Siddiqui said. The freed fishermen are expected to cross over into India on Monday. Siddiqui said "298 Indian fishermen are still imprisoned and will be released on completion of the verification of their nationalities by India." The fishermen were…

Pakistan apprehends eighteen Indian fishermen

AHMEDABAD: Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has apprehended eighteen Indian fishermen and seized three boats off the Gujarat coast, Indian media reported on Sunday. “Three fishing boats from Porbandar, Okha and Mangrol were seized and 18 fishermen sailing on them captured by PMSA late Saturday night from near the International Maritime Border Line,” National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) Secretary Manish Lodhari was quoted saying to Indian media. Lodhari said the captured boats had set sail from the coastal town of…

Pakistan arrests 60 Indian fishermen

KARACHI: Pakistan has arrested 60 Indian fishermen after they strayed into its waters, an official said on Friday. The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) made the arrests on Thursday morning, and also impounded 10 wooden boats, police official Lateef Babar said. The 60 men would be taken to the court on Saturday from where they would be sent to jail, he added. Pakistan earlier this month released 219 Indian fishermen as a 'goodwill' gesture.