As we all know, there are certain areas of the world in which man-eating predators live and thrive. One of those spots is the Northern Territory of Australia. In fact, the people are so used to seeing them there, that some of them don’t think twice about their ‘neighbors’ who inhabit the waters in the area.
Some are so bold as to not only get close to where they dwell but also hang out there! That is the case with one Australian family who ventured to the billabong in east Arnhem land, near Gan Gan, about 128m south-west of Yirrkala.
The woman was with a group of seven other adults and children who were out for a fun, relaxing day of fishing and collecting mussels. Everyone was doing their own thing when all of a sudden, someone noticed that the woman was no longer there. The last they had seen her, she was wading in waist-deep water.
Police Commander Tony Fuller said “the woman was fishing and collecting mussels in the billabong with some family members about 10.30am when they noticed she was missing.
“The family noticed she was missing and the bucket she was carrying was found nearby,” he said.
“They heard some splashing. She was up to waist deep in water.”
It took police three hours to get to the billabong the group of seven women and children were, and they immediately conducted a search. Police found her body about 5:00 pm less than one kilometer from the scene.
They also found the crocodile; local Indigenous rangers had to destroy it so they could recover the woman’s body.
Commander Fuller said that initial reports suggested that the woman was a ranger in the area, but that has not been confirmed. He also lamented the fact that the response time of three hours is typical of “doing business in the top end.”
Fuller also issued a statement saying, “Any death is traumatic and our thoughts are with the family and relatives out there.”