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Jul 18, 2016

Minor Killed By Crocodile in May Pen

Adrianna Moody

The Moody family in May Pen, Belize District is tonight grieving the sudden death of eight year old Adrianna Moody, whose body was retrieved this morning from the Belize River that traverses the village. The minor met a horrible death when she was snatched by a ten-foot crocodile as she swan in the river with cousins on Sunday afternoon. Despite efforts made by family to rescue Adrianna, she was pulled away by the croc. News Five’s Duane Moody was in May Pen and has the following report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Tragedy struck on Sunday afternoon in the May Pen Village off mile twenty-two on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Sometime around three-thirty p.m., eight year old Adrianna Moody was snatched by a crocodile as she swam with her cousins in the river that traverses the small village. It’s an area where May Pen residents swim daily and it’s the first time that a crocodile has attacked a resident. The incident happened in blink of an eye, says Indira Rhaburn, who was supervising the children at the time of the tragedy.

 

Indira Rhaburn

Indira Rhaburn, Aunt of Deceased

“Me and my baby and my three nieces were swimming. We were right in the shore swimming, but nobody saw the crocodile when it came. And it snatched her by the feet and took her under water.”

 

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“We got reports out of May Pen that a parent was swimming with her child and three other children in the May Pen River, when she observed her child, Adrianna Moody, eight years of age went under and when she submerged, she was in the mouth of a crocodile.”

 

Edward Broaster

A frightening experience, Rhaburn shouted for help and that’s when the minor’s mother, Bridget Moody ran to the bank and jumped into the river in an attempt to save her little girl.

 

Indira Rhaburn

“My sister in law, the mother of the child, swam across for the dorey and she followed the alligator with the baby in ih mouth and she whap at it so that maybe it would let go di child, but it didn’t. It just sank right under the water with the child. And after that we didn’t see it again.”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“She immediately got into a canoe and paddled towards the crocodile where she attempt to hit the crocodile in the head in an attempt to have the crocodile free the child, but the crocodile submerged and disappeared after that.”

 

Julius McKay

Just before ten a.m. this morning, the body of Adrianna was retrieved from the river by Coastguard personnel and the police. It was discovered some two miles from where she was seized by the crocodile on Sunday afternoon.

 

Seaman Julius McKay, Diver, Belize National Coast Guard

“Late yesterday evening, we received a call stating that a crocodile had taken a child in the area of May Pen. But due to the time that we received the call, we were unable to mobilize. We mobilized first thing this morning and we came here with the police to first scout the area and then go ahead with whatever dive operation that would have been needed to take place. However, when we got here, we were informed that a relative of the child had found the crocodile early this morning and was able to get the body of the child away from the croc. And so our job just became to assist with whatever duties the police would have needed us to help with.”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“This morning, we learnt that one resident that was downstream saw the crocodile with the child in the mouth and fired shot at the crocodile and the crocodile apparently released the child and the child was discovered downstream.”
News Five understands that several crocodiles have since been shot and possibly killed. While it is illegal to kill the wild reptiles, what’s the solution to prevent further attacks in rural Belize?

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“I do believe that there will be crocodile hunters in that area. I think the time has come for us to start making belts and create jobs for young people—belt and shoes and what have you from crocodiles.”

 

Reporter

“But you know it is illegal; you can’t just kill a crocodile.”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“I know it is, but I’m saying the time has come. We have too much crocodiles in our waterways at this juncture.”

 

Reporter

“Has the killing of this crocodile been authorized because really if you kill a crocodile randomly, it is not legal?”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“Like I said, I am not aware if any attempt is being made to kill the crocodile, but what I can say is the fact that even in our sea, along the coast in Buttonwood Bay, in the river ways, there are too many crocodiles and we need to implement some kind of season hunting for crocodiles.”

 

Justin Moody

Justin Moody, Chairman, May Pen Village

“In this situation that we can’t kill them, we would like Audubon or government, who control this, to come up with some solution that can bring these animals apart or keep them away from humans where some solutions they got to come up with.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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