Senin, 18 Agustus 2014

Man taken by crocodile in front of wife in Northern Territory (ABC)

A 57-year-old man is dead after he went into a crocodile-infested river in the Northern Territory to unsnag his fishing line and was attacked by one of the reptiles as his wife looked on.

The attack occurred at the Adelaide River, about 60 kilometres from Darwin, on Monday afternoon.

Police say the man's wife witnessed the attack and ran for help.

"He was there with his wife and he was fishing on the water's edge," NT Police Superintendent Jo Foley said.

"She left the scene because she saw this happen."

Police and wildlife officers searched the river using multiple boats and located the crocodile a few hours later. Shots were fired at the crocodile.

The man's body was recovered late on Monday night.

Adelaide River is a well known crocodile hot-spot that draws tourists who go on cruises to watch the huge reptiles.

There are signs in the area warning that crocodiles are present and dangerous.

Operations manager at St John Ambulance, Craig Garraway, said staff were called and treated the man's wife for shock but she wanted to remain at the scene.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.

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