A 12-year-old boy was grabbed by a crocodile which swam off with the child in its mouth today in the second fatal attack within two weeks in Australia’s tropical Northern Territory.
Although teams of police and rangers will continue the hunt for the youngster on Sunday they privately fear that the boy is well beyond help.
Less than two weeks ago a seven-year-old girl was killed by a crocodile in the Northern Territory, with what are believed to be her remains being found in a reptile that was later shot in the area where she went missing.
In the latest tragedy, the boy, believed to be from an Aboriginal outpost near Port Bradshaw, 400 miles east of Darwin, was attacked by a crocodile as he swam with a group of people in a quiet lagoon.
He said officers from an Aboriginal police station were remaining at the scene until dusk and would resume the search for the boy at first light on Sunday.
Mr White said the tragedy once again highlighted the dangers of swimming in waterways in northern Australia.
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