Crocodile kills ranger gather­ing mus­sels

The Expositor (Brantford) - - CLASSIFIEDS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

DAR­WIN, Aus­tralia — A wildlife ranger was killed by a crocodile Fri­day in Aus­tralia’s Northern Ter­ri­tory while gather­ing mus­sels with her fam­ily in a wa­ter­hole, po­lice said. The in­dige­nous woman was at­tacked in a re­mote area 206 km south­west of the com­mu­nity of Yir­rkala, NT Work­Safe said. The em­ploy­ment safety watch­dog said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Her body was re­cov­ered hours later less than a kilome­tre from where she was taken by the crocodile, Northern Ter­ri­tory Po­lice Cmdr. Tony Fuller said. Lo­cal wildlife rangers killed the crocodile. “She was with the group ... and the group no­ticed her miss­ing,” Fuller told Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Corp. “They heard some splash­ing. The bucket that she was car­ry­ing was found nearby.” Fuller said the woman had been in waist-deep wa­ter when she was taken, and whether she was work­ing as a wildlife ranger at the time would form part of the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The last fa­tal crocodile at­tack in Aus­tralia was Oc­to­ber last year when a 79-year-old dementia pa­tient was killed af­ter wan­der­ing from a nurs­ing home at Port Dou­glas in Queens­land state.

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