A Saint Lucian national who attempted to evade arrest by plunging into a river in neighbouring Martinique on Sunday failed to escape.
According to the Gendarmerie de Martinique Facebook page, the Saint Lucian man fled while four mobile gendarmes were conducting a check at Petit Bourg, Lamentin.
The Facebook post said after plunging into the muddy water, the fugitive hid among bushes near the river bank.
However, a Griffon 972 helicopter with a tracker system on board located him.
After that, two officers jumped into the river and arrested him.
The officers also seized one kilogramme of cannabis.
Social media erupted in praise for the law enforcement officers for risking their lives to arrest the Saint Lucian national since a crocodile nicknamed ‘Georges’ had been spotted in the community and the creature’s whereabouts were unknown.
A gendarmerie helicopter photographed the animal for the first time in 2016.
Since then, there have been numerous unsuccessful attempts to capture the approximately three-metre-long reptile.
While lauding the gendarmes for Sunday’s arrest in the river, one social media user commented that it was a shame that ‘friend Georges’ did not resolve the problem.
Photos courtesy Gendarmerie de Martinique.