An old woman from a longhouse in Sibuti, near Miri, fended off a crocodile attack by punching it hard in the eye. Lumeit Entabang, 63, was bathing by the banks of Sungai Bakas, not far from her home in Rumah Empading, when she felt a sharp bite on her left hand.
She was then dragged into the water but her punch caused the reptile to loosen its grip and flee to the opposite bank. "All I could do was scream. The crocodile let go of my hand and then grabbed my left thigh," the Star Online quoted her as saying.
"Quickly and with all my might, I hit it right in the eye with my clenched fist," she added. The injured Entabang said that although her village had been supplied with piped water, she continued to bath and wash by the river as she had done for the past 60 years. "But I''''m never going near the river again," she added.