By Jesse Dorsett
Authorities in the Northern Territory are searching for a 62-year-old man taken by a crocodile in Kakadu National Park, south-west of Darwin.
Police say the man was attacked when he was in a boat on a billabong at Cooinda late on Saturday afternoon.
“Look we always hold out hope but obviously a crocodile attack is very serious and there are grave concerns,” Superintendent Bob Harrison said.
It is understood the man’s wife, son and daughter-in-law were with him at the time.
“I believe the son was involved in the initial search for his father, which is obviously traumatising and anyone’s heart would go out to the family in that sort of incident,” Superintendent Harrison said.
“We received a call from the manager of the Gagudju lodge there that some people had walked in and told them they a 52-year-old male had been taken by a crocodile.”
Police and rangers are searching for the man and the crocodile.
“At this time we have eight people down there and we’ll be ramping that up if we don’t locate the gentleman during the night,” Superintendent Harrison said.
A 12-year-old boy died in January after being attacked by a crocodile in Kakadu National Park.
Human remains were found near where the boy had been swimming with friends in a billabong west of Jabiru.
Another 12-year-old was bitten on the arm in the attack. He fought the animal off and survived and has been treated for cuts to his arms.