AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Friday 24 May 2013
Last Update 23 May 2013 2:26 am
JAKARTA: Hundreds of sunbathers fled a popular Indonesian beach in panic when a four-meter crocodile laid down next to them to soak up some rays, an official said yesterday. Crowds were thronging the beach at Balikpapan on Borneo island at the weekend when the 500 kg reptile crawled ashore.
“The crocodile was spotted sunbathing near the lifeguard post on Saturday morning,” local coastguard Ari Triyanto told AFP. Beachgoers initially panicked and fled the area before slowly moving back in small groups to watch police attempt to catch the crocodile, he said.
But it was no easy task, as the reptile took to the water when officers approached and did not come back ashore. “It was not an easy job. The crocodile swam up and down the coast for three days,” Triyanto said. “We finally caught it on Monday afternoon when it swam near a river mouth.”