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Crocs fill the waters at the notorious Cahills Crossing
A man has been killed by a 3.3-metre crocodile while attempting to walk over a notorious flooded river crossing. The 47-year-old man vanished while he was wading through crocodile-infested waters at Cahills Crossing, near Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, at 4pm on Thursday, police said. Two women who were with the man watched in horror as he was dragged under the water and vanished.
The man's body was found about two kilometres downriver at about 7pm and the 'very protective' crocodile had to be shot dead so the body could be safely retrieved, police told Daily Mail Australia. The man's injuries were 'consistent with being taken by a crocodile', police said, and his body has been taken to Darwin to determine his cause of death.
Several boats were sent into the water to search for the man before his body was discovered at about 8.20pm. The man is believed to be from the nearby indigenous Gunbalanya community, the ABC reported. The crossing passes over the East Alligator River, which is known to be infested with at least 120 saltwater crocodiles, and is littered with signs instructing people not to wade through it on foot. The flooded crossing is a bottleneck for barramundi, attracting vast numbers of saltwater crocodiles.
'Cahill's Crossing is notorious for crocodiles and to walk across it to me is just foolishness,' NT Police Duty Superintendent Bob Harrison said. 'The area's noted for crocodiles on the causeway and there are signs there saying don't go in the water. Unfortunately they did and that was the result', he told Sky News. 'You are tempting fate, knowing the size of the crocodiles in that area,' Mr Harrison told ABC Radio Darwin on Friday morning.
Parks and Wildlife Commission NT crocodile management chief ranger Tom Nichols told News.com.au that 'people just need to be aware this time of year'. 'They know better. They know crocodiles are in that area but people do silly things unfortunately. 'We get tired of saying it, it is just another timely reminder that people just have to be aware the river systems do contain crocodiles.' People are free to drive over the river crossing in 4X4s but police strongly warned against crossing on foot. The path is submerged by high tides on a daily basis and is sometimes too deep to pass. The last man to be killed by a crocodile at Cahills Crossing was in 1987, when Kerry McLoughlin, 40, was decapitated by a 5.1-metre monster. He was fishing with his son when he fell into the water. Mr McLoughlin threw a beer can at the crocodile but it attacked him before he was able to get out of the water.
Seven people were rescued from the exact same spot last month after their vehicle broke down on Cahills Crossing. The group clambered onto the roof of the 4X4 and shouted for help until a passer-by heard them and called the emergency services. NT Police warned at the time that crossing the river on foot was extremely dangerous. In October last year, a woman was filmed standing next to the river as she warned off a crocodile with a flip flop. The woman can be heard shouting 'come on!' as she whacks her sandal - before roaring with laughter and then turning her back on the enormous predator.