A search for a 65-year-old angler who was believed to be attacked by a crocodile is underway in northern Queensland, Australian media reported. The man disappeared while fishing in a river at a campsite in one of the national parks.
The 65-year-old was fishing Saturday in the Kennedy River in Rinyirru National Park on the York Peninsula. According to the website of Australian public broadcaster ABC, emergency services were called to the Kennedy Bend campsite in the afternoon local time. A friend of the missing man described hearing the splash of water before it was lost.
On Saturday evening, a man was searched for from the air, but to no avail. The search, suspended overnight, resumed Sunday morning. They are attended by wildlife specialists.
The roads to the campsite have been closed
A statement from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) said roads leading to the campsite were closed due to a “possible crocodile incident”.
According to the DES, this national park is known for its large population of crocodiles and large individuals live there.
“I am sure this is a very, very distressing situation for the family and loved ones and our hearts are with them at this difficult time,” said Yvette D’Ath, Queensland Health Minister.
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