He had gone fishing in crocodile-infested waters: The remains of a missing Australian have been found inside one of these reptiles, local police have announced.
Police said the 65-year-old man, identified by Australian media as Kevin Darmody, went on a fishing trip in North Queensland (northeast) last Saturday with locals.
According to law enforcement, the group has repelled an alligator so they can start hunting. Cairns Police Inspector Mark Henderson said witnesses later heard the man “yelling and screaming very loudly, followed by a huge splash”.
Rangers armed with rifles later killed two several-meter-long alligators in Lakefield National Park, where the group had congregated.
Describing it as a “tragic end”, the inspector declared that the expertise carried out on the crawlers had “unfortunately made it possible to identify the remains of the missing man”.
He was a “very nice guy,” Henderson said, a tavern manager from a rural village upstate.
Queensland is “crocodile country,” warned Michael Joyce, the area’s wildlife officer.
“If you’re in the water and especially if you’re in Lakefield, which is specifically designated[as a site]for crocodile protection, you should expect to see crocodiles in those waters.”
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