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Man fatally attacked by a crocodile at a birthday party in Australia

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A man was celebrating at a birthday party Saturday in Australia when a crocodile snatched him while he was swimming in a river and fatally attacked him, reported The Christian Science Monitor on August 25.

The 26-year-old victim apparently decided to go for a swim in northern Australia's Mary River located at Mary River Wilderness Retreat on Saturday during a friend's birthday party.

According to a group of onlookers who were also there for the birthday party, the male was taken in the jaws of the 16-foot crocodile for a period of time before he was out of site.

Said Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert from the Northern Territory Police Force in Australia, "The victim and another man had gone swimming across the river. The pair were swimming back when the crocodile attacked."

He also went on to say that the Mary River has the greatest number of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world, and "you don't swim in the Mary River". It is not yet known if alcohol played a part in the man's decision to swim in the river.

The Huffington Post reported on August 26 that the body of the crocodile attack victim, Sean Cole, was recovered from the Mary River, along with the carcass of a large 15-foot crocodile that was shot by authorities.

Northern Territory wildlife ranger Tom Nichols said that they believe that crocodile to be responsible for Cole's death. He also noted that tests would later be conducted to match the bite marks on the victim's body.

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