Four Mile closed by croc cruise
ABOUT 100 people were evacuated from Four Mile Beach last Wednesday when a three-metre saltwater crocodile cruised around the headland before enjoying a swim between the flags.
A woman spotted the massive reptile swimming in the water around the headland at 2pm last Wednesday from the Port Douglas lookout and immediately warned the local lifeguards.
Four Mile Beach head lifeguard Laurie Green evacuated up to 100 people out of the water and off the sand, closed down the beach, and kept a close eye on the croc’s movements.
“Let’s just say it was a real North Queensland experience for the tourists,” he said.
“The croc was about three metres long and was cruising from the headland towards us.
“I got a really good look at it because it swam between the flags for about an hour-and-ahalf.”
According to Mr Green, a surprise visit from a crocodile happens nearly once a year.
“It only happens about once a year but I strongly advise people to stay near the flags so if something like this does happen, the lifeguards are able to keep a lookout,” Mr Green said.
“If a crocodile is spotted the lifeguards should be informed straight away so the beach can be evacuated.”
It is unknown if the crocodile is living in the area or was just passing by but tourists and locals need to be mindful.
Four Mile Beach reopened to swimmers the next day.