Killer Crocodile


Kylee Reed, Contributor

On Oct. 12, 2018, a family/group of women and children were fishing in Australia’s Northern Territory. A woman was killed by a dangerous crocodile. A police officer said it was about 10:30 when the family realized she was gone. It took the police three hours to reach the group of seven women and children. “She was with the group … and the group noticed her missing,” said a territory police commander, Tony Fuller. “They heard some splashing … [and] the bucket that she was carrying was found nearby.” The police found her body at 5 p.m. and once they recovered the woman’s body, the crocodile was destroyed by local Indigenous rangers.

Fourteen people were killed by crocodiles from 2005 to 2014, compared to 10 deaths in the 33 years to 2004. The latest death that has been confirmed from a crocodile attack in the NT took place last year in January. A 47-year-old man from Gunbalanya was attacked and killed by a crocodile.

“NT WorkSafe has been notified that a female Aboriginal Ranger has been taken by a crocodile,” a statement by the government organization read. NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the incident after getting reports of the attack from many different witnesses.

Officers from Lake Evella and Nhulunbuy were working with local rangers and the community to look for the woman in nearby waterways while waiting for the police to arrive. Everyone should be as safe as possible when fishing in unsafe waters. This unfortunate accident goes to show how unexpected things can happen, and sometimes it’s not noticed for a long time.