Thursday, 1 June, 1933

Two boys were attacked and killed by an Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) in the San Fernando River; one of the boys had apparently "dived" nearly right into the crocodile's mouth. A 14 year old boy named Rammon Elroy jumped in after the first boy and managed to help him to shore with the assistance of another boy, at this time this other boy who had been helping was then also attacked by the crocodile. Rammon proceeded to dive in after this boy as well and bring him to shore. Both boys apparently succumbed to their injuries, while Rammon was unharmed.

Location data

Latitude: 7.890000000000
Longitude: -67.442000000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age:
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Helping rescue another boy from crocodile
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is missing or poorly detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
1933-06-01 Month +/- 30 days
Species Certainty
Orinoco Crocodile Certain
Size (metres) Size Precision
Unknown
Location scale Location accuracy
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About the crocodilian

Orinoco Crocodile

The Orinoco crocodile is a large (maximum size over 5 m/16.5 ft) and critically endangered species currently restricted to portions of the Orinoco River drainage (the Llanos savannah region) in Venezuela and Colombia, although during historic times the species was more widespread within a variety of different habitats (e.g. foothill streams, tropical evergreen forest, etc.). Juvenile Orinoco crocodiles feed primarily upon invertebrates and small vertebrates, while large adults may prey upon larger fish, birds and terrestrial vertebrates; predation on the sympatric spectacled caiman has also been recorded. Large Orinoco crocodiles are potentially dangerous to humans, but given the restricted distribution of the species attacks are very rare in modern times. The species is currently threatened by habitat destruction and poaching. 

Estimated Wild Population: around 1,500

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered. 

Crocodylus intermedius

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2013-12-31 09:20 Brandon Sideleau 100-4765 4765