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  • 8 June 2014, 21:08

Remains Found After Australia Crocodile Attack

Police have found human remains inside a large crocodile that is believed to have snatched a man from his boat in front of his wife and son.

Officers in Australia's Kakadu National Park made the discovery after rangers shot dead two crocodiles as they searched for the 62-year-old.

The man was reportedly taken by the crocodile on Saturday afternoon, in a billabong at Cooinda, in the sprawling Northern Territory.

Police were told the man's wife, son and daughter-in-law witnessed the attack.

Local media reports said the two women drove two hours to raise the alarm while the man's son stayed behind to search for his father. The family are said to be from the nearby city of Darwin.

The crocodile was "in excess of 4.7 metres", said Sergeant Andrew Hocking, of the Northern Territory Police.

"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," said Superintendent Bob Harrison.

The remains found inside the crocodile have not yet been formally identified

Crocodile expert Graeme Webb told the Sydney Morning Herald it was unusual for the reptiles to attack during the cooler months, when they tend to lay low.

"They tend to move around a lot more when it warms up... and that's when they're more dangerous," he said. "I don't know what has happened in this case but it sounds horrific."

Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to seven metres (23 feet) long and weigh more than a ton.

The attack is the second crocodile fatality in Kakadu National Park this year after the death of a 12-year-old boy in January.Another boy was also attacked but managed to fight off the reptile.

Crocodile numbers have swelled in Australia since the species was protected by law in 1971.

Government estimates put their numbers at between 75,000 and 100,000.

TheCrocBITE database of attacks at the country's Charles Darwin University says there have been 66 deaths globally so far in 2014.

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