Crocodile kills woman
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.