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|Woman, 70, Killed By
Crocodile In Jamaica
Saturday, September 11 1999
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.