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Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Greg Hunt MP

7 April 2005

Crocodile incident in Kakadu National Park

On Tuesday night [5 April 2005] at approximately 8.30 pm a fisher from Jabiru was attacked by a 4 metre crocodile while fishing with two other men on the East Alligator River near the junction of Magela Creek in Kakadu National Park.

I have asked for and already received an immediate investigation and report into the incident.

The three fishers were in a 5.3 metre boat and were not fishing at the time. The attack was unprovoked.

The injured man sustained only minor injuries including lacerations to the upper arm and head.

Kakadu National Park staff were notified of the incident on Wednesday.

Following notification, Kakadu National Park Crocodile Management staff interviewed the injured fisher as part of an investigation into the incident.

A search for the offending crocodile was undertaken last night in the precise location of the incident.

A crocodile matching the description of the offending crocodile and demonstrating similar aggressive behaviour was identified. The animal was subsequently destroyed.

I commend the prompt action by Kakadu National Park staff in response to this incident.

Kakadu National Park is in crocodile country. All fishermen should be particularly aware that there are many crocodiles around at this time of the year and to be extremely careful and take necessary precautions.

Media Contact:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045

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