/ 04 July 2024

A desperate search in the Top End


Police in the Northern Territory have launched a land and water search after reports that a missing 12yo child was taken by a crocodile. We don’t know many details about the child, but family and community members said they were last seen swimming in Mango Creek near the remote community of Palumpa – home to about 364 people and located about 360km southwest of Darwin – on Tuesday evening. Reports say the area is home to both saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, although it’s not clear what species might be involved. Police Minister Brent Potter said yesterday that it was a “tragic event”, “especially in the circumstances like that – taken by a crocodile”. He said the search and rescue team has ”been authorised to remove” the crocodile involved from the area if it’s found. 

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