Ranger taken by croc­o­dile


Po­lice con­firmed yes­ter­day that an Abo­rig­i­nal ranger taken by a croc­o­dile in a re­mote part of north­ern Aus­tralia had been found dead.

The woman was wad­ing on the edge of a muddy wa­ter­hole look­ing for mus­sels when she sud­denly dis­ap­peared on Fri­day.

It took po­lice many hours to reach the re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity of Gan Gan, 177km south of the min­ing town of Nhu­lun­buy.

North­ern Ter­ri­tory Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Tony Fuller told re­porters yes­ter­day that the woman, a ranger for the Na­tional Parks, was fish­ing and gath­er­ing mus­sels on the wa­ter bank with her fam­ily when she sud­denly van­ished.

“The fam­ily no­ticed she was miss­ing and the bucket she was car­ry­ing was found nearby,” he said, adding, “They heard some splash­ing. She was up to her waist in the wa­ter.”

Po­lice and rangers searched the wa­ter late Fri­day and found the body a kilo­me­tre from the at­tack site.

The croc­o­dile was then de­stroyed by lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal rangers.

Deaths from croc­o­dile at­tacks have in­creased since culling ended in 1971 with 14 peo­ple killed be­tween 2005 and 2014, up from 10 deaths in the pre­vi­ous 33 years. The last death was in Jan­uary.

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