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Woman confirmed dead being mauled saltwater crocodile fishing waist deep water Northern Territory 

Park ranger is confirmed dead after being mauled by a saltwater crocodile while fishing in waist deep water in the Northern Territory

  • An Aboriginal female park ranger’s body has been located in waters in the NT
  •  She was declared missing after she was taken by a crocodile while with family
  • The incident happened around 206km south west of Yirrkala, on Friday morning
  • The ranger was employed by the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation 

The female park ranger who was declared missing after being taken by a crocodile has been found dead. 

The Aboriginal women was taken by a saltwater crocodile while fishing with her family in waist deep water in remote Arnham land in the Northern Territory.  

The group, which was comprised of about seven women and children noticed she was missing when they heard a commotion, and realised her bucket was floating in the water.

The Aboriginal women was taken by a saltwater crocodile while fishing with her family in waist deep water in remote Arnham land in the Northern Territory

The Aboriginal women was taken by a saltwater crocodile while fishing with her family in waist deep water in remote Arnham land in the Northern Territory

The woman’s body and the crocodile were found just before 5pm, less than one kilometre from the scene, which happened approximately 206km south west of Yirrkala on Friday morning at around 10am, according to NT WorkSafe.

The crocodile was destroyed by local Indigenous rangers.  

The woman was an employee of the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, which supports indigenous communities across the East Arnhem region and runs the Yirralka Rangers program. 

A female Aboriginal park ranger is missing after being taken by a crocodile in the East Arnhem region (pictured) of the Northern Territory

A female Aboriginal park ranger is missing after being taken by a crocodile in the East Arnhem region (pictured) of the Northern Territory

The corporation have closed their office since they first reported the attack to NT WorkSafe.  

Gan Gan is a five-hour drive down a dirt track, which is the only major road in East Arnhem, from Yirrkala.  

Police from Lake Evella and Nhulunbuy were located about three hours’ away and travelled to the scene by car and boat to help local rangers and the community to search waterways.

‘Any death is traumatic, our thoughts are with family and relatives,’ Police Commander Tony Fuller told reporters.

A report into the cirucmstances around the death will be prepared by police for the coroner and NT WorkSafe spokesman is also investigating, a spokesman said.

The incident happened approximately 206km south west of Yirrkala on Friday morning at around 10am, according to NT WorkSafe (stock image)

The incident happened approximately 206km south west of Yirrkala on Friday morning at around 10am, according to NT WorkSafe (stock image)



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