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.