In a fatal crocodile attack in northern Australia a man was snatched by a crocodile as he celebrated at a birthday party on Saturday.
The Independent reported that a man, aged 24, apparently went swimming in the saltwater River with a friend. It’s not clear whether he had consumed alcohol at the party. Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert from the Northern Territory Police Force in Australia said:
“Several of the group in the party witnessed the male being taken in the jaws of the croc for a period of time, and then he was out of sight. The Mary River is known worldwide to have the greatest saturation of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world. You don’t swim in the Mary River.”
The crocodile attack took place at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, roughly 70 miles from Darwin. The man entered the water and then, Bahnert said: “They (the group) were watching him swim across. And they just saw a crocodile with him in its jaws.”
Authorities in Australia carried out a comprehensive search of the Mary river, but unfortunately were unable to recover the man’s body. He is presumed dead.
It appears that the man did not heed warnings advising against bathing in the river, Erin Bayard, an employee at the Wilderness Retreat told News Corp Australia:
“We tell people to stay away from the water, they obviously went against this (and) a man was taken.” He added, “We say to everybody it’s full of crocs. It’s one of the most populated rivers in the Territory, every couple of kilometers there is a large croc.”
A full investigation into the deadly crocodile attack in Australia is underway, as police try to ascertain the exact circumstances which led to the assumed death of the victim.