A tiger snatched a man off a fishing boat in the Sundarbans, dragging him away into the mangrove swamp as his children looked on in horror, the man’s son said Friday.
The attack happened Thursday as Sushil Manjhi and his son and daughter were crab fishing in Dutta Jhil, a creek, in the Sunderbans National Park. The tiger leaped aboard the boat and clamped its jaws on Manjhi’s neck, said Sushil’s son Jyotish.
The tiger attacked Majhi when he was seated in the middle of the boat while Jyotish and his sister were in the front and at the tail to balance the vessel while pulling in the net. The tiger “quickly flung my father on his back and gave a giant leap before disappearing into the forest,” Jyotish said over the telephone from his village in Lahiriur area. Jyotish said he and his sister tried to beat the animal with sticks and a knife, but the thrashing had no effect as the animal dragged away their father.
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They immediately informed the Dutta Beat office, forest department sources said, adding that the man’s body could not be recovered.
The attack underlines the risk that many of the villagers in the area face while fishing for crabs in the Sunderbans even though it’s illegal in the protected reserve.