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from Reuters

Woman, 70, Killed By Crocodile In Jamaica

Saturday, September 11 1999

Woman, 70, Killed By Crocodile In Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - An elderly woman fishing on the banks of Jamaica's longest river was killed when a crocodile pulled her into the water, police said Friday.

Linda Atkinson, 70, the owner of a shop and bar in southwestern Jamaica, was swept into the Black River Wednesday by a crocodile witnesses described as about 10 feet (3 meters) long.

Fishermen wrestled her away from the crocodile but she was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

The incident angered residents in the area, who say crocodiles in the Black River are dangerous and should be killed.

They are a protected species and a major attraction for tourists on the scenic river.

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