Australians search for woman dragged away by crocodile

Posted May 30

Authorities in northeast Australia were searching Monday for a 46-year-old woman who is believed to have been dragged away by a crocodile while walking in shallow water.

The woman and a friend were about knee-deep in water at Thornton Beach in the Daintree National Park Sunday when, the friend said, she felt a nudge and then heard the woman scream and saw her pulled away.

"Certainly the Daintree is well-known for crocodiles," said Ed Lukin of the Queensland State Police. "You can be within the danger zone within five meters of a waterway. You need to be very aware of what you're doing."

Daintree National Park is a popular spot for croc-spotting tours.

"The emergency services arrived to find a very distressed lady with a graze on her arm, which they believe may be from the crocodile itself, and have transported her in a stable condition through to Mossman hospital," said Neil Noble of Queensland Ambulance Service.

The survivor is from Cairns, 58 miles south of Thornton Beach. Authorities said she was taken to a hospital suffering from shock.

The missing woman is from Lithgow in the state of New South Wales.

Police said a rescue helicopter fitted with thermal-imaging equipment failed to find any trace of the missing woman on Sunday. The search resumed Monday with a helicopter, boat and land-based search teams.

"Look, obviously there's grave concerns for her safety, but we will continue this as a search and rescue mission, and we'll continue on that vein," Lukin said.


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