A man vacationing at an Australian eco-tourism complex was killed by a crocodile while swimming in a nearby river. The 26-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was grabbed and dragged away by a 16-foot croc, reports The Associated Press on Aug. 25.
While celebrating a friend’s birthday, the man, who is from the Northern Territory capitol of Darwin, was visiting the Mary River Wilderness Retreat and Caravan Park in Annaburroo, about 70 miles south from Darwin.
Police say the man and a friend went swimming in the nearby Mary River, a widely known romp for giant crocodiles.
“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,” Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert said.
“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,” Bahnert added.
It’s likely that alcohol was involved in the foolish decision by the men to swim with the crocs. The river is being dragged in order to look for the man’s remains, but police are not hopeful they will find any.
Police shot and killed one of the largest crocodiles near the resort, but it is unknown even if that was the croc that killed the man.
Since it has been 20 hours since the victim has been missing, the searchers "hold the gravest of fears" that the man is dead, reports Australia's Business Times.
A Mary River Wilderness booking site says the resort offers bush tours and river cruises where one can “view saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.” Australia’s Northern Territory has the densest population of crocs, making the area a major tourist destination.
“The advice to tourists is to come, look, take photographs and stay out of the water,” Bahnert advised.