Croc attack at Mary River NT

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 11:44
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It was only a matter of time before this would happen.

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Reply By: Member - Murray M2 - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:03

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:03
The person involved apparently was told not to swim there and to make it worse was reported as being a local. Just goes to show you can't put brains in village idiots
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Follow Up By: philw - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:53

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:53
The authorities have already shot several large Crocs in the aftermath of this event. One witness reported hearing at least 20 gunshots last night.
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Follow Up By: allein m - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:06

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:06
scarry to think but you cannot put a old head and brain onto a young person look at the number of young people who dive into a pool or river and end up being a paraplegic

I think every one knows the risks in the NT but for those that live there they seem to think take a chance many will get away with it but some wont.

sad event though
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Follow Up By: Skulldug - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:24

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:24
Murray,

Of course you are right.

I did a few stupid things when I was young and perhaps a little bleep . Fortunately, I got away with it.

This poor bugger didn't.

At least he only harmed himself.

Skull
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:26

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:26
hi phil w
news report this morning states that only one croc
that was impeading the search has been shot
it may have taken 20 shots before they hit it through the head
and they have no proof it was the croc that took the drunken fool
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Follow Up By: philw - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 16:06

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 16:06
20 shots to kill one Croc. Maybe they should consider hiring people that know how to use a firearm.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 14:56

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 14:56
Yes and it's only a matter of time until the next one. Can't wait for the next snake bite fatality or shark attack thread.
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Reply By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:07

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:07
Im sure the guy being local meant the croc would have got a fair wack of alcohol with that meal.Perhaps the croc likes marinated meat.
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 18:46

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 18:46
What are you inferring?
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Follow Up By: Skulldug - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 20:00

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 20:00
I'd like to know too.

The guy was killed. It's not the time to be a smart @rse
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 20:34

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 20:34
Why have a go at Stuart about his coment he's right and he's not the smart ass swimming across the Mary River of all places you definitely don't jump in there he is the smart ass attempting to swim the river. And now the 15 witnesses have to live with the image of a friend being killed in front of them for the rest of their lives because of his reckless act. His body will probably be stuffed up under a bank for a while attracting crabs which in a favourite food of crocs and some of his friends probably have that to think about as well. Why defend a d***head.
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 20:48

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 20:48
He's inferring that as the guy is a local then he must have had a skin full of booze.
An ignorant comment.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 21:02

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 21:02
NT doesn't have the highest rate of alcohol sold in Aus per capita for nothing.
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Follow Up By: Skulldug - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 21:12

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 21:12
Local or not. Sober or not. He went for a swim when he shouldn't have. That's a lot less harmful than driving with a gut full of grog.
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Follow Up By: Kev - Member - Wynnum - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 08:48

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 08:48
If he drove across he wouldn't have been taken.
Kev
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 18:49

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 18:49
Alcohol and familiarity feature prominently in croc attacks, so if you like your grog and reside in croc country better play it safe and stay away from the water.

Kind regards
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Reply By: LIFE MEMBER-snailbait - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 19:19

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 19:19
hi all
What ever happened it is a sad thing no body goes in to swim with out thinking
I give my condolences to the Family
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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 22:43

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 22:43
2 big aussie myths
-dumb arsed southerners ignore warnings and get taken by crocks
- city folk die on country roads

Neither is remotly close to the truth
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Reply By: Candace S. - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 16:28

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 16:28


Sign I saw not far from where that happened...
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 20:49

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 20:49
To all the people who have basically said its his own fault..........would you have the same opinion if it was a family member of yours and was a shark attack at a local beach????
I very much doubt it!
Was anyone there? Does anyone know the people involved or the real situation???
If not, theyre pretty callous comments aren't they???????????????
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 21:37

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 21:37
Sorry but swimming in that river
Is nothing like youve just made out

Its a croc infested waterway
What other way can you look at it?
Its safer to handle a brown snake
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 23:16

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 23:16
I was bought up around the beach & that's the risk you take when you swim in the ocean sharks , jelly fish etc,etc,etc I would not go on a killing rampage if a family member was taken. And how did you come up with the idea it wasn't his fault when he was the one that jumped in do you think it was the croc's fault was he forced into the river ? Was he swimming at a patrolled section of the river and being watched by life guards like most beach goer's are no he a local who swum in one of the worst rivers in the NT known for large crocs I don't live there but I've been fishing in that river among many others and the crocs aren't afraid of much. I'm from NSW but have been living in QLD since the late 90's and I probably have more respect for croc's than a lot people who are bought up with them in the north of Aus they get the she'll be right attitude when they don't see them and loose respect for one of the most powerful creatures here. It's just a known fact that if you swim in the Mary just like if you swim with seals in the south your risk factor goes through the roof. What about what his parents , family and friend will go through now you cannot call it an accident it is blaten stupidity he DELIBERATELY put his life at risk swimming there.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 20:31

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 20:31
Yes......probably not the smartest move he's made in his life ,but definitely his last, but to label someone as village idiot or blatantly stupid is a bit harsh in my eyes considering know one knows the real story other than reading it on the news from what I've heard.
Just like swimming in an "un patrolled" beach there are risks and the person doing it needs to make a risk assessment and at the end of the day its their choice. Obviously he made the wrong one, but a heap of un-informed people judging the situation in my eyes on a public forum is not the right thing to do considering some people have just lost a family member.
And no.....I didn't even suggest it was the crocs fault? Not sure why you would even suggest that sort of crap?

Ive seen young blackfellas jumping out of trees into the water while a dirty great croc sits on the opposite bank........why.......because they new where the crocs was. Its called local knowledge, but even that can go wrong at times, just like this might have.............
Maybe he was a complete idiot??? Who knows?
Everyones pretty quick to judge without knowing though and everyone becomes an expert because they went there once on holidays too.....

Just my opinion
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W3 - Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 22:44

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 22:44
As knowing this family from Katherine, i really hope you people that haven't got anything nice say should keep your mouth shut.As a proud Aussie i find it really poor taste in slagging off at someone who firstly made a very poor decision and secondly lost their life. Now think about how you would feel the shoe was on the other foot.
I know i have made some pretty poor judgements when i was young and stupid and certainly think i am luck to be here.
Just think before you type people.
By the the way he wasn't an indigenous young feller either as inferred above.
Cheers Washo
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 22:44

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 22:44
Sorry mate.....I wasn't inferring he was Aboriginal just trying to use another scenario trying to explain that what may seem completely ridiculous to some may only be a bit of a risk to others........to hard to explain!

My condolences to the family.
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W3 - Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 22:54

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 22:54
Hairy, mate wasn't directed to you . It was directed to others above you, was a bit hot yesterday when i saw the thread and saw red.
Just a very sad situation for all concerned.

Cheers, Washo
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Reply By: The Landy - Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 07:56

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 07:56
Nothing like a tragic story to bring out the worst in people...and this is tragic no matter which way you call it

For crying out loud people, if you can’t say anything good perhaps it is better to say nothing at all!
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Reply By: Joe - Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:07

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:07
He was a bright and personable young man who only went into the water to accompany a friend of his who was dead set on swimming across the river.

That friend will feel the guilt forever.

For what its worth, at this time of year (end of the dry) you wouldn't normally expect crocs to be active and feeding so he was even more unlucky than you'd imagine.

RIP.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 22:47

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 22:47
Just spoke to a mate who said similar.
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