Crocodile kills woman

The West Australian - - NEWS -

An Abo­rig­i­nal woman has been killed by a crocodile while fish­ing with her fam­ily in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

It took po­lice three hours to get to the bil­l­abong where the group of seven women and chil­dren were in east Arn­hem Land, near Gan Gan, about 206km south-west of Yir­rkala.

Com­man­der Tony Fuller said the Abo­rig­i­nal woman was fish­ing and col­lect­ing mus­sels in the bil­l­abong with fam­ily mem­bers about 10.30am yes­ter­day when they no­ticed she was miss­ing.

Po­lice found her body and the crocodile about 5pm, less than 1km from where she was taken.

The crocodile was de­stroyed by lo­cal indige­nous rangers and the woman’s body was re­cov­ered. “The fam­ily . . . heard some splash­ing,” Cdr Fuller said. “She was up to waist deep in wa­ter.”

Early re­ports sug­gested the woman was a ranger but po­lice were still try­ing to con­firm that last night.

Cdr Fuller said the long re­sponse time was un­for­tu­nately just a part of “do­ing busi­ness in the Top End”. “Our thoughts are with the fam­ily and rel­a­tives out there,” he said.

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