Tiger grabs man from fishing boat

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IOL pic jun27 Royal Bengal tiger Associated Press File picture: Mahesh Kumar

Calcutta -

An Indian fisherman says a tiger has snatched his father off a fishing boat and dragged him away into a mangrove swamp.

Jyotish Majhi says he was fishing for crabs with his father and sister on Thursday when the tiger leaped on to their boat.

He says he and his sister beat the tiger with sticks, but their 60-year-old father was still thrashing in the animal's jaws when they disappeared into the swamp.

The attack happened in the protected Sunderbans forest reserve in West Bengal state.

The Sunderbans National Park is home to one of the largest reserves of the royal Bengal tiger.

This was the fourth deadly attack by a tiger in the region in the last four months. - Sapa-AP


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