Crocodile Snatches Australian Man Inside National Park

A family went for a little boat trip in the Kakadu National Park in Australia one Saturday afternoon for a little recreation. What started out as a fun day turned into a horrible nightmare. The family watched helplessly as a saltwater crocodile snatched a man right off the boat and dragged him under the water. His body was found the next day after a search.

The 62-year-old victim was out on a boat with his wife, son and daughter-in-law for a weekend fishing trip. Just after lunch, the Northern Territory family was eating lunch when they drifted into an outlet on South Alligator River. They had drifted outside the crocodile-management zones that are normally patrolled by rangers.

The older man leaned over the side of the boat to empty a bucket, and the 15-foot-long crocodile lurched and grabbed him by the arm. The beast then dragged the helpless man into the water as his family watched

The horrified family couldn't find their loved one, and they were unable to get any cell phone service. They had to travel an hour before they could get service and call for help.

Police conducted a search and had little hope that the man survived. Crocodile victims who are not found alive within the first few minutes of the attack rarely stand a chance of survival.

"I believe the son was involved in the initial search for his father, which is obviously traumatizing and anyone's heart would go out to the family in that sort of incident," said a police spokesperson.

On Sunday and shot two crocodiles dead. In one of them, they found the remains of the man. The family were distraught and refused to give any statements.

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptile in the world, and are commonly found in the Northern Territory.

"They take their life into their own hands up there," said Phil Weeidemier, owner of a fishing boat tour company, to the Daily Mail. "I've been checking a motor on a boat and within seconds the crocs are surrounding you. It's the ones you don't see that you should worry about."

Source: The Guardian
Photo: Mail Online

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