The human remains retrieved out of a crocodile that was shot Sunday by Australian police are believed to be those of a 62-year-old man who was attacked by a large croc in the Kakadu National Park, in Australia’s Northern Territory, on Sunday.
Investigators said the man, whose name was not released, was on a small boat with his wife, his son and his son’s wife when the man was literally snatched out of his boat and dragged under the water by a large crocodile. Subsequently, a 15-foot saltwater crocodile in the area was shot and killed, and police said they have found a male’s remains inside. DNA testing is being done to confirm the body.
Police Sergeant Andrew Hocking said the crocodile was one of two that police killed. Both crocs were found and killed within a mile from where the man was attacked.
According to The Associated Press, the incident marked the “second deadly crocodile attack this year in Kakadu. In January, a 12-year-old boy was killed and his friend mauled by a crocodile as they swam in a water hole in the park.”
News.com out of Australia provided additional details. The 62-year-old was with his wife and family at the Flying Fox waterhole on a fishing trip. The attack occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday. Writes news.com: “Police said the man was in a boat and washing or emptying a bucket at the time of the attack. The man’s family heard splashing sounds but were not able to save him.”
Because of the extreme remote location that they were in, the man’s wife and family were forced to drive over an hour until they found mobile phone coverage.
Sgt. Hocking said visitors to the park must exercise extreme caution.
“(There is) always a potential for crocodile attack,” Hocking said. “I encourage people to think carefully about their safety at all times. The water is deep in this billabong ... a number of large crocodiles obviously frequent this area.”