Four Mile closed by croc cruise

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.

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