Three people were killed by crocodiles while fishing at agatche Gatche fishing camp in Lake Kariba on November 18 and 19.
In the first incident on November 18, Shameton Sibanda was dragged into water by a crocodile while fishing using a dingy boat in Lake Kariba.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.
“The victims have been identified by their next of kin as listed Shameton Sibanda (35) a male adult of Lanlolly Village, Magunje, George Mawandiwa (38) a male adult of Mahombekombe, Kariba and Bayton Chikomo (29) a male adult of Kaponda Village, Magunje.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the death of three people who were attacked by crocodiles while fishing at Chinhandowa, Gatche Gatche fishing Camp, Lake Kariba on 18th and 19th November 2023,” he said.
“In the first incident which occurred on November 18, Shameton Sibanda was dragged into water by a crocodile while fishing using a dingy boat in Lake Kariba.”
Ass Comm Nyathi said a search party comprising George Mawandiwa and other fishermen was instituted.
“During the search a crocodile emerged and dragged George Mawandiwa into water,” he said.
“The search team later managed to retrieve the body of George Mawandiwa.
“On 19 November, the search team retrieved the body of Shamerton Sibanda.”
Ass Comm Nyathi added that the bodies of the victims were taken to Kariba District Hospital for post mortem.
“In the second incident which occurred on 19th November 2023, Bayton Chikomo was attacked by a crocodile while casting nets using a dingy boat in Lake Kariba,” Ass Comm Nyatho said.
“The remains of the victim were retrieved from the annals of a crocodile after it was shot dead by the search party.
“The body parts were taken to Kariba District Hospital mortuary for post mortem.
“The urges members of the public to be safety conscious in order to safeguard their lives during fishing expeditions especially when using dingy boats.”