A BRAVE wife saved her husband’s life after plucking him from the jaws of a crocodile along the Okavango River that flows through Namibia.

Elizabeth Shintango told New Era newspaper how she struggled to free her husband, Mathew Kativa, from the animal’s grip as it pulled him deeper into the water.


She thought she had lost her fight with the beast, along with her husband, but then his hand surfaced from underneath the water.

She said the crocodile charged at Mathew one last time after she had pulled him to safety.

But then it retreated back into the river.

Mathew was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a severed right hand and several other injuries.

He remained stable as he continued to receive treatment.

The incident comes just a month after an 18-year-old girl survived a crocodile attack along the same river.

According to All Africa, the girl was wrestled from the beast’s jaws by a group of friends.

Although the crocodile did injure her leg, she was lucky to have walked away from the attack with her life.

New Era reports that there have been many crocodile attacks at the river, with one of the latest attacks resulting in the death of a schoolgirl who was swimming in the area.

The attack, which took place in December, had the Kavango East community in shock after the girl’s scarred body was found in the water.

People have become increasingly vulnerable to crocodile attacks in recent times as many rely on the Okavango for water. It is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running for 1 600km. – NEWS24

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