The victim, M. Zakaria, was a junior high school student who was swimming with three of his friends in the Tembung River when the snake reportedly emerged from a hole near the riverbank.
Zakaria did not have the energy to save himself during last Thursday’s incident, while his friends managed to get out of the river. Zakaria was strangled and was “almost swallowed,” according to locals.
His three friends cried for help. Local residents arrived to throw spears at the snake, which eventually released its hold on Zakaria, but it had bitten the boy.
The residents took Zakaria to Mitra Husada Hospital in the Pekan Tembung area but he could not be saved. His body was taken to his home in Sei Rotan village, Deli Serdang district.
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