POLICE and rangers have had no luck in locating a man snatched by a saltwater crocodile while on a boat with family members in Kakadu National Park yesterday.
The 62-year-old man – whose name has not been released – was with his wife, son and daughter-in-law on the South Alligator River, about a two-hour drive by 4WD, south-west of Cooinda.
Police have confirmed the man was on the boat when the attack occured but the details of how he was taken remain unclear.
The incident happened about 3pm yesterday.
The man’s wife and daughter-in-law, who witnessed the attack, drove to Cooinda, about 300km east of Darwin, to raise the alarm.
They were given assistance and offered accommodation at the Gagudju Lodge but returned to the scene.
It is understood the family are Territorians, believed to be from Darwin.
Superintendent Bob Harrison said police held grave fears for the man’s safety.
Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Price said her thoughts were with the man’s family and friends, as well as the NT police officer and park rangers who were undertaking the search and investigation.
A 12-year-old indigenous boy died in January after being attacked by a crocodile in Kakadu National Park.
Authorities found human remains near where the boy had been swimming with friends in a billabong west of Jabiru.
Another 15-year-old boy had been bitten but was released during the attack.
LIST OF CROC ATTACKS
JANUARY 26, 2014: A 12-year-old boy goes missing after he was taken by a crocodile while swimming behind Mudginberri outstation about 20km west of Jabiru. Another boy, 15, was bitten on the arm but escaped before the croc turned on the other boy in front of friends.
AUGUST 24, 2013: A crocodile killed a 26-year-old man while swimming in the Mary River near the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, about halfway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park.
DECEMBER 1, 2012: A 4m crocodile killed a nine-year-old boy who was swimming with friends at a Territory beach at Port Bradshaw near Dhania outstation, 100km south of Nhulunbuy.
NOVEMBER 16, 2012: A 3m crocodile killed a seven-year-old girl who was swimming at a waterhole at Gumarrirnbang outstation about 110km southwest of Maningrida.
FEBRUARY 20, 2011: A crocodile killed a 14-year-old boy playing in a creek with his brothers in Milingimbi 450km east of Darwin.
APRIL 2009: Father-of-two Keith Parry, 20, was killed by a 4m croc while trying to swim across the Daly River, south of Darwin.
MARCH 2009: 11-year-old Briony Goodsell was taken at Black Jungle Swamp at Lambells Lagoon in Darwin’s rural area while swimming with her sister and two friends.
JULY 2006: A 5m crocodile killed an eight-year-old girl as she fished with her family on the Blythe River.
SEPTEMBER 2005: Darwin man Russell Butel, 55, was killed off the Cobourg Peninsula, while diving with a mate in Trepang Bay.
SEPTEMBER 2005: A 4m croc killed Russell Harris, 37, while he snorkelled off Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
DECEMBER 2003: A 4m croc killed Brett Mann, 22, while he cleaned his quad bike in the Finniss River, 100km south of Darwin. His two friends spent 22 hours up a tree waiting to be rescued while the croc stalked them below.
OCTOBER 22, 2002: Isabel von Jordan, a 24-year-old student from Germany, was killed by a 5m saltwater crocodile in Kakadu National Park’s Sandy Creek billabong while swimming with a group of tourists.
DECEMBER 23, 1998: Peter Munkara, 34, an artist from Melville Island, was found near the island’s Paru boat ramp with crocodile bite marks on his body.
AUGUST 7, 1998: The body of a man in his 20s was found in the Roper River, 500km southeast of Darwin, believed to be a victim of a croc attack.
DECEMBER 13, 1997: A man was killed trying to swim across the Daly River, 230km south of Darwin.
MAY 11, 1990: Albert Juzelionas, 43, a Jabiru Telecom worker, was killed while swimming off Groote Eylandt.
OCTOBER 1988: Alex Bururru, 25, of Maningrida, was killed in Cato River near Nhulunbuy, NT.
MARCH 17, 1987: Kerry McLoughlin, 40, a Jabiru storeman, was decapitated by a 5.1m crocodile while wading at Cahills Crossing on the East Alligator River in Kakadu. He threw a beer can at its head to try to escape.