Female ranger taken by crocodile in remote Northern Territory

The woman was taken by the crocodile at Gan Gan East Arnhem. Source Google MapsMore

Northern Territory WorkSafe said the attack happened near the community of Gan Gan, at least 500km (300 miles) east of Darwin.

A woman has been killed by a crocodile while out fishing with her family in Australia's Northern Territory.

Police are travelling to the scene, but the woman's condition is not known.

The crocodile was destroyed by local Indigenous rangers and the woman's body was recovered.

NT WorkSafe said it had been notified that the ranger had been taken by a crocodile approximately 206km south west of Yirrkala.

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

Police Commander Tony Fuller said the woman was fishing and collecting mussels in the lake with some family members at around 10:30 a.m. when they noticed the woman was missing.

The last fatal crocodile attack in Australia was October last year when a 79-year-old dementia patient was killed after wandering from a nursing home at Port Douglas in Queensland state.

Due to the remoteness of the location the circumstances surrounding the incident have not been confirmed. A CareFlight spokeswoman said the organisation had been stood down from responding as information supplied to them indicated the person was missing.



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