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11-Foot Crocodile Kills 47-Year-Old Australian Man

| by Denise Recalde

An 11-foot crocodile attacked and killed an Australian man trying to wade across a flooded river crossing. 

The 47-year-old man disappeared as he was wading through a flooded pass in prime crocodile habitat at Cahills Crossing, near Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, around 4 p.m. on Jan. 19, authorities said, the Daily Mail reports. 

The two female companions of the man were horrified to witness the man being dragged under the water by the crocodile. 

The body of the victim was found about a mile down the river. The "very protective" crocodile had to be put down so police could retrieve the body, police said, Daily Mail Australia reports. 

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The man's injuries were "consistent with being taken by a crocodile," law enforcement officials said. The victim's body will be evaluated by a Darwin-based coroner.  

A search party had been sent out onto the river to look for the body, which was found at about 8:20 p.m. 

The man is believed to be a member of the area-based indigenous Gunbalanya tribe, Australia's ABC reports.

The crossing passes over the East Alligator River, which is home to at least 120 saltwater crocodiles, and constitutes a bottleneck for barramundi, a type of fish the crocodiles eat. Signs around the crossing warn people not to wade into the river. 

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"Cahill's Crossing is notorious for crocodiles and to walk across it to me is just foolishness," NT Police Duty Superintendent Bob Harrison said. 

"The area's noted for crocodiles on the causeway and there are signs there saying don't go in the water. Unfortunately they did and that was the result," he said, Sky News reports. 

"You are tempting fate, knowing the size of the crocodiles in that area," Harrison said on Jan. 20.

Parks and Wildlife Commission NT Crocodile Management Chief Ranger Tom Nichols commented that "people just need to be aware this time of year," News.com.au reports.
  
"They know better. They know crocodiles are in that area but people do silly things unfortunately," he continued. 

"We get tired of saying it, it is just another timely reminder that people just have to be aware the river systems do contain crocodiles."

Sources: Daily Mail, Daily Mail Australia, Sky News, ABCNews.com.au / Photo credit: Miniformat65/Pixabay

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