FISHERMAN SUSPECTED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY CROCODILE IN PALMER POINT, AUSTRALIA

A man has been found dead after a suspected crocodile attack in Australia

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The victim (a spear fisherman aged 35), boat was found empty off Palmer Point, in Far North Queensland, on Saturday 11th March 2017.

Queensland Police said an initial investigation suggests the man had been killed by a crocodile.

Police investigating the fisherman’s death said they have begun searching for a crocodile believed to be more than 4 meters in length.

This would be the ninth fatal crocodile attack in Queensland since 1985.

Local authorities have said that a large crocodile made an aggressive dash towards a police boat which was investigating the incident on Sunday night.

Dr Matt Brien, from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said: “It appears that this animal may be responsible for the death of this man.”

“It’s not consistent with a wild crocodile. They tend to be fairly wary of people. It’s a behaviour that we have seen before in crocodiles that have attacked people.”

“If found the reptile would be captured or killed.”

Teenager’s lucky escape after crocodile attack

Teenager Lee de Paauw was bitten on the arm by a crocodile after jumping into a river at night time, for a dare.

He suffered fractures and lacerations and had to have surgery in a local hospital.

Mr de Paauw told local radio station Nova FM on Monday: “I hit it once on the nose it loosened a bit, I got another hit in and it was right on its eye. I was lucky because it just dropped me.”

A British backpacker Sophie Paterson said: “It all happened very fast, pretty much as soon as he jumped in, there was splashing and screaming.”

Queensland paramedic Neil Noble said: “The teenager was lucky to be alive.”

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