Costa Rica: Search for an 8-year-old boy attacked by a crocodile

SAN JOSÉ (HPD) — Rescue forces in Costa Rica have been searching since the weekend for the body of an 8-year-old boy who was trapped and dragged into a river by a crocodile, the Ministry of Public Security confirmed.

The boy, whose identity has not been officially disclosed, was attacked by the crocodile while fishing with his family in the Matina sector, in the province of Limón, 180 kilometers east of the Costa Rican capital.

“As of 8 am today (Monday), a boat from the Limón Coast Guard Station set sail to search for Matina. In addition to this, the Red Cross is carrying out an inspection with a drone and so far nothing has been found,” the Public Security portfolio detailed in a statement on Monday.

The presence of crocodiles in Costa Rican rivers, both on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, are a tourist attraction in controlled areas, however attacks on people are also recorded in areas such as Tárcoles, Sarapiquí and Limón.

The authorities said they will continue on Tuesday with the search operation for the minor.

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