Female ranger 'taken' by crocodile in Australia's Northern Territory

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2018

A large saltwater crocodile snatched and killed a female wildlife ranger who was collecting shellfish with her family in Australia's remote north.

A woman was killed by a "problem crocodile" while fishing with her family in a remote stretch of northern Australia.

Police found her body about 5pm less than a mile from the scene.

The woman was attacked while on the job about 10 this morning near the community of Gangan, about 206km south west of Yirrkala.

The crocodile was destroyed by local Indigenous rangers.

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Officers from the Lake Evella and Nhulunbuy commands are now travelling by boat and road to a remote part of East Arnhem, outside of Gan Gan.

"The woman's body and the crocodile were found just before 5:00pm (0730 GMT) less than one kilometre (0.6 miles) from the scene", Northern Territory Police said in a statement.

The incident occurred at about 10am Friday and is being investigated by NT WorkSafe.

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.

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