Croc cruise shuts beach

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A THREE-ME­TRE croc­o­dile forced the clo­sure of Four Mile Beach last Thurs­day af­ter go­ing for a wan­der near swim­mers.

Life­guards spot­ted the croc as it ap­proached from the north­ern end of the beach around 1pm and closed the beach for the af­ter­noon as a pre­cau­tion.

Four Mile Beach head life­guard Lau­rie Green said croc­o­diles are just a part of the trop­ics and the sight­ing was a re­minder to swim on pa­trolled beaches.

“It’s North Queens­land, the safest thing to do is swim be­tween the flags so we can deal with any in­ci­dent that arises be­cause there are more eyes on the water,” he said.

There have been no fur­ther sight­ings of the croc­o­dile and the beach was re­opened on Fri­day morn­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­port a croc­o­dile sight­ing, call the Depart­ment of Environment and Re­source Man­age­ment at any time on 1300 130 372.

Bad tim­ing: coun­cil land be­ing wa­tered in the mid­dle of the day

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