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Man killed by crocodile at friend's birthday party: Body is found

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A 26-year-old man was killed by a crocodile on Saturday while swimming at a friend's birthday party near Darwin, Australia. His body was found near the scene of the crocodile attack at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat on Monday, according to an Aug. 26 report on the BBCNews. Sean Cole and another friend decided to ignore posted warnings and swim across the Mary River which has one of the highest saltwater crocodile populations in the area.

The crocodile attack occurred on the return trip across the river, and horrified onlookers were unable to assist the helpless man as he was carried away by the giant beast before he disappeared. The other swimmer arrived safely to the other side.

The tropical north area of Australia is promoted as tourist attraction because of the high population of crocodiles which can grow up to 23 feet long. Sgt. Senior Sgt. Geoff Bahnert explained why the Mary River is not safe for swimming, according to

"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," he said.

The crocodile that killed Cole was reportedly 16 feet long. Four crocodiles have been killed as a precautionary measure, but it is unclear whether they have killed the man-eating culprit in the crocodile attack.

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