Croc attack victim’s body recovered
Police have recovered a body after a woman was snatched by a crocodile from among a group of family members while fishing in a billabong in Arnhem Land.
The woman, whom police have been told is an Aboriginal ranger, is understood to have been wading waist-deep while fishing and searching for freshwater mussels.
Her body and a crocodile were discovered yesterday less than a kilometre from where the attack occurred. The crocodile was destroyed by local indigenous rangers and the woman’s body was recovered.
Commander Tony Fuller said members of the group, which included women and children, may not have seen the crocodile strike, although officers who had taken several hours to reach the scene were yet to conduct interviews. “She was with the group … The group noticed she was missing, and they saw that the bucket she was carrying was there,” Commander Fuller said. “They heard some splashing.” The incident occurred at a billabong near Gan Gan, an outstation in northeast Arnhem Land on the Gove Peninsula. Gan Gan, about 560km east of Darwin, is an important place in Yolngu culture and home to prominent Aboriginal artists.
The woman is believed to have worked for Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation. The head of its ranger group did not return calls.
NT WorkSafe has started an investigation into the incident. A report will be prepared for the coroner.