Crocodile attack update: Sean Cole’s body has been found. “The body floated and also a body of a crocodile floated, which we believe was responsible," said Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife ranger Tom Nichols. Sean Cole’s floating body was found on Monday about 330 feet (100 meters) away from the approximately 16-foot crocodile (4.72 meters), according to an Aug. 26, 2013, news.com.au report from Australia.
After Sean Cole had been snatched up by the 16-foot crocodile on Saturday, search crews shot up to four crocodiles in the area where Sean Cole had been last seen. On Monday, around 5:30 a.m. (CST), police found Sean Cole’s body floating about 656 feet (200 meters) from where Saturday's crocodile attack had happened.
At this time, authorities assume that the crocodile responsible for Sean Cole’s death dropped Sean Cole’s body after the attack instead of devouring him.
"He could have dropped the body because there was a boat chasing him or he could have dumped it for a number of reasons."
After a fatal crocodile attack, suspected crocodiles are generally being shot in the hope of finding evidence in a crocodile through an autopsy. In Sean Cole’s crocodile attack, however, his body was discovered not inside the crocodile but floating in the muddy water of the Mary River.
Authorities assume that the crocodile that attacked Sean Cole sunk after being shot and surfaced later only to be found floating near his victim.
On Saturday afternoon, Darwin resident Sean Cole was celebrating the 30th birthday of a friend on the banks of the Northern Territory’s Mary River, about 65 miles (100km) from Darwin, the state's capital.
Despite verbal warnings and several warning signs from staff at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat and Caravan Park that the river had the greatest population of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world and to stay at least five meters away from the river’s banks, Sean Cole and one of his 15 friends decided to go for a swim.
Sean Cole and his friend made it across the muddy water of the river, but when they were on their way back, the 16-foot (5 meters) crocodile was waiting for them. As Sean Cole’s friends watched helplessly in horror, the 16-foot crocodile grabbed Sean Cole between its jaws and dragged him under the surface of the muddy river. Sean Cole had not been seen since the crocodile attack – until his floating body was found on Monday.
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife ranger Tom Nichols said in regard to the fatal crocodile attack of 26-year-old Sean Cole that "alcohol could have been involved.”