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Woman feared dead after being dragged underwater by crocodile on Australian beach

A local politician has blamed the attack on “human stupidity”.

Posted by on Sunday, 20 June 2021

A 46-YEAR-OLD woman is feared dead after she was attacked by a crocodile on an Australian beach despite efforts by her friend to save her.

The Australian Associated Press reports that the pair went swimming on Thornton Beach in the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park in Queensland state when she was taken by the crocodile.

Local police constable Russell Parker told ABC News that the women were in waist-deep water when the croc struck.

“Her 47-year-old friend tried to grab her and drag her to safety and she just wasn’t able to do that. It would be very, very distressing for her,” he said.

They had been walking along the beach and they’ve decided to go for a swim just in waist-deep water at Thornton Beach and probably a very nice, clear night, but obviously may not have been aware of the dangers.

A spokesperson from the Queensland Ambulance Service that the friend was also injured in during the incident.

“They felt a nudge and her partner started to scream and then was dragged into the water,” Neil Noble said.

Despite police surmising that they may not have been aware of the dangers, a local politician has said that what happened amounted to “human stupidity”.

“You can’t legislate against human stupidity,” Warren Entsch said according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

You can only get there by ferry, and there are signs there saying watch out for the bloody crocodiles. If you go in swimming at 10 o’clock at night, you’re going to get consumed.

Read: Man wakes up to find 8-foot crocodile in his swimming pool >

Read: This terrifying video shows a crocodile propelling itself out of the water with ITS TAIL >

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