Woman taken by saltwater crocodile while fishing with family

POLICE have found the body of an Aboriginal woman taken by a saltwater crocodile while fishing with her family in the Northern Territory.

The woman was taken while fishing with six other women and children at a billabong in East Arnhem Land about 10.30am on Friday.

Police Commander Tony Fuller said the woman was in waste deep water collecting mussels when her family members noticed she was missing.


It took police three hours to get to the remote scene, about 206km southwest of Yirrkala.

Following an extensive search of the area, police found the woman’s body about 5pm, less than 1km from where she was taken.

The woman reportedly worked in the area as a ranger. Her age was not immediately known.

Fatal crocodile attacks are said to have increased dramatically in the top end since culling ended in 1971.

More than 16 people have been killed by crocs in the last 13 years, compared to just 10 deaths in the 33 years to 2004.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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