An 11-year–old girl walked away unscathed after she jumped on a crocodile, gouged its eyes out and saved her 9-year-old friend. The 11-year-old was the oldest in a group of children who were swimming in a nearby stream when she heard the scream of her younger friend. Fortunately, the 9-year-old only suffered minor injuries.
Rebecca Munkombwe of Zimbabwe was playing on a trail near Latoya, her 9-year-old friend who was swimming in a stream. Munkombwe heard a scream coming from the water. When she went to investigate, the 11-year-old saw a crocodile biting the younger girl’s arm and thigh.
Without hesitating, Munkombwe jumped into the neck-high water and began hitting the crocodile with her fist. When the reptile wasn’t deterred, Munkombwe stated she then gouged its eyes out, which resulted in the 9-year-old being released.
“We had just left the water when we heard Latoya who was left alone swimming near the neck-deep zone screaming that something was biting her hand. Since I was the eldest among the other seven children, I felt the urge to save her,” she told The Sunday News.
“Once she was free, I swam with her to the banks where the other children pulled her out of the water. The crocodile fortunately did not attack us after it let off Latoya,” Munkombwe added.
The 9-year-old was brought to a nearby hospital where she is recovering from several bites on her arms and legs, but, luckily, she did not suffer any broken bones. She is expected to make a full recovery thanks to Munkombwe’s quick reaction.
Latoya’s father expressed his gratitude when he heard his daughter was saved. “I was at work when I learnt that my daughter had been attacked by a crocodile while swimming,” the father said.
“For a moment there I thought of the worst before I learnt that she had survived after being saved by Rebecca. How she managed to do that I don’t know but am grateful to God. Latoya is recovering well here at St Patrick’s and we expect her to be discharged soon as her injuries are not serious.”
If not for Munkombwe’s heroic actions, this story could have had a much more grim outcome.