Jardine Croc

Submitted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 20:15
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Don't be tempted to swim in the Jardine River no matter how clear the water or sandy the beach. Check this article and pix from today's Cairns Post.

Jardine Croc
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 21:25

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 21:25
So I'm guessing a 10' tinnie would be a tad small for fishing the Jardine.....lol

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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 22:30

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 22:30
B Busy,

there is a certain person that I still believe lives in TI and goes by the name of Gary Duff. One hell of a guy.

In the early 70's he used to go after croc's in the Jardine with a powerhead for fun. He was a cray diver in the straits for many many years, if you have any problems with croc's see him, only problem with Gary was if he barked his knuckles with the last spanner that would fix the engine in the middle of the ocean, he would throw it overboard.

Have a good one and watch out for the Gecko's

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Follow Up By: Cruiser .- Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 08:56

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 08:56
This is not OT to this thread, but I need to as Rockape if you were ever in the RAAF at Williamtown NSW.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 13:16

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 13:16
no haven't been in any of the services.

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Follow Up By: Member - Busy Bee - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 21:29

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 21:29
Was this the guy known simply as "Crayfish" because that was what he did? I taught in Bamaga late 60's and a teacher on TI at the same time who later became a mate of mine, knew him well. He told me of his exploits and especially of the hunting for crocs in the Jardine with a powerhead.
My mate was an impressive cray diver and spearfisherman but he was in awe of Crayfish. Reckoned he was mad as a cut snake.
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Follow Up By: Member - Busy Bee - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 21:32

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 21:32
That was quick - just paid my membership by Paypal, did the followup above and I'm a member already!
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:25

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:25
I have never heard him called that , however it would be him as he had an incredible rep as a diver. He told me there were only 2 things in the sea that worried him, one was hammerheads and the other gropers. He would complain that his hired divers would not dive if there were tiger sharks around.

He had been hit twice very heavily by gropers while swimming along the faces of reefs. They had come out of there hiding places and charged him, leaving him very banged up and seeing stars.

Girl dropped her bag off the refueling wharf in Weipa, if I can remember rightly we had been partying all night on a trawler, one of the NR boats or the Zane Grey, so Gary just dives straight into the Embley River and goes and finds the bag.

Heard a couple of years back that he was still up there and that a big young bloke had had taken him on, word was he cleaned up the young bloke big time.

Have a good one.

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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:14

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:14
In the late 70's we were camped on the side of the Jardine half the group on the North side & the rest of us on the south ready to cross in the morning. There was no punt then we had past it being towed up by a tractor (it could take 1x 4wd) a few days before, we were all swimming & even crossed at night (waded) & in the morning a local police officer came down to warn us about a large croc had been seen & while he was there talking to others he's dog went down to get a drink or somthing & got taken by the croc, some of us still had to wade back to our 4wd,s on the South side & attempt the crossing those who remember the old timber ramps on the northern side can picture 3 guys standing on them going who's first, we all went together & set the fastest Jardine crossing time I,m sure
The day before most got stuck, that day no one got stuck (I'm not a religious person but that day some one was looking out for every body as no one wanted to go in the north side as it has always been the dirty/muddy part)

Croc's back then were hard to find, I no there,s a lot more about now

Still I walked the original crossing last year & still hate the northern side

Regards Vince
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