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Crocodile Suspected Of Snatching Swimmer
A man is thought to have been taken by a crocodile at a popular tourist resort in northern Australia.
The 24-year-old was swimming with a friend in the croc-infested Mary River when he went missing, about 110km from Darwin.
Senior Sergeant Peter Lindfield says police received reports about 4pm local time on Saturday that the man had been attacked.
"Officers from the Water Police Section and Territory Response Group are currently at the scene of the attack and are searching for the man and the crocodile," Sgt Lindfield said in a statement.
Mary River Wilderness Retreat and Caravan Park employee Erin Bayard told news.com the man's friend was in shock.
"Two local boys decided to go swimming, we tell people to stay away from the water, they obviously went against this (and) a man was taken.
"We say to everybody it's full of crocs.
"It's one of the most populated rivers in the (Northern) Territory every couple of kilometres there is a large croc.'"
News.com reports the last fatal crocodile attack in the Northern Territory was in December 2012, when a nine-year-old boy taken by a saltwater crocodile near the small community of Dhania.
Adults tried to save the boy but the crocodile dragged the youngster out to deeper water.
In November last year, a seven-year-old girl was taken by a saltwater crocodile at Gumarrirngbang outstation, near Maningrida.
Three other people, including two children, have been killed by crocodiles since 2009.