crocodile attack
Crocodiles lie in pens at a crocodile farm near Mussina, South Africa, January 26, 2013. Reuters/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

A 3.5 metre crocodile killed a man on Thursday at Cahills Crossing in the Northern Territory. The 47-year-old man was wading when he was dragged under the water at the crocodile-infested waters at Cahills Crossing. He was with two women who watched him as he vanished into the water. The women reported the police about the incident.

In response, Superintendent Bob Harrison told Sky News that they used several boats to search for the man's body located two kilometres downstream. A crocodile was spotted nearby where the man was found and it was destroyed at the scene. The two women did not experience the mishap as they were able to make it across the river before the crocodile attacked the man. The man and women were believed to be locals from the Gunbalanya community.

Wildlife Commission NT crocodile management chief ranger Tom Nichols warned the people to be aware during this season as many crocodiles were lurking in the waters at Cahills Crossing. However, he noted that many people are already aware that crocodiles existed in the area but people still do silly things. He even said that they were tired warning people.

Nichols looked the incident as a timely reminder for people to know that the river systems contained crocodiles. In September 2016, the waters in the Cahill Crossing contained more than 20 lurking crocodiles. The sizes vary from 2-3 meteres and 3-4 metres. The river is safe to cross using a 4x4, but crossing on foot is not advisable. High tides submerged the path making it unpassable when the water becomes very deep.

Cahills Crossing recorded the last fatal incident of a crocodile attack in 1987. The victim was a 40-year-old man who was fishing with his son. He threw a beer can at the crocodile so he could escape after falling into the water. However, he was attacked before getting out of the water. He was decapitated by a 5.1 metre crocodile.