Coastguards trap 15ft man-eater croc using ingenious fishing trap

Dramatic footage shows how a 15ft long crocodile was caught with a goat meat fishing trap just four days after it savaged a local fisherman. 

Coastguards began hunting the 500kg reptile on Tuesday (December 5) after the mutilated body of Cornelio Bonite, 33, was found on a river bank in the Palawan region, Philippines. 

The victim’s right arm and left foot were missing - a hall mark sign that he had suffered a horrific death in the jaws of a crocodile.

Officials have confirmed that the captured saltwater crocodile is the one that killed Cornelio.

They have nicknamed the croc 'Singko', the name of the village where it was caught.

Local government said in a statement: ''Wildlife authorities here can confirm that 'Singko' is the crocodile that attacked and killed a fisherman recently in Balabac town, southern Palawan.''

Salvador Guion, crocodile hunting expert and chief of the technical section of the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC), said the male saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) Singko is ''100% the accidental attacker'' of fisherman Cornelio Bonete who was killed on November 28. 

Footage taken by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shows the epic hunt to catch the beast.