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Crocodile takes woman during night swim in Australia

SYDNEY: A woman is feared dead after being seized by a crocodile during a late-night swim at a beach in northern Australia as her friend struggled to save her, police said Monday. The women went for a stroll on Thornton Beach on Sunday evening in the far north of Queensland state before making a fateful...

SAMAA | - Posted: May 30, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
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Posted: May 30, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Crocodile takes woman during night swim in Australia

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SYDNEY: A woman is feared dead after being seized by a crocodile during a late-night swim at a beach in northern Australia as her friend struggled to save her, police said Monday.

The women went for a stroll on Thornton Beach on Sunday evening in the far north of Queensland state before making a fateful decision to take a dip in an area known to be infested with crocodiles.

“The woman was swimming with a female friend, also in her 40s, at 10.30pm when the incident occurred,” police said in a statement.

Nine News cited witnesses as hearing the woman yell “A croc’s got me, a croc’s got me!”

Senior Constable Russell Parker said the women — Australians visiting the area — were in the water when one of them was grabbed, with her friend desperately trying to drag her to safety.

“They decided to take a swim in the ocean just in waist-deep water and at that point, we believe that a crocodile has taken one of the women, taken hold of her,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“Her friend tried valiantly to drag her to the shore but unfortunately wasn’t able to do so and the woman subsequently disappeared.

“Now her friend raised the alarm with a nearby business and they subsequently contacted the police.”

A rescue helicopter was sent up with thermal imaging equipment but was unable to find her. –AFP

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