A FEMALE tourist who is said to have shouted “a croc’s got me” before vanishing beneath the waves in Queensland, Australia, on Sunday May 29 has been branded “stupid.”
The unnamed woman, 46, was taking a dip in the shallows with a 47-year-old friend at Thornton Beach in World Heritage-listed Daintree Park, north of Cairns, around 10.30pm when the reptilian predator struck.
Police spokesman Russell Parker said: “Her 47-year-old friend tried to grab her and drag her to safety but she just wasn’t able to do that.”
He added that the women might not have realised that they were swimming in a known saltwater-crocodile habitat since they were not from the local area.
The surviving woman was treated for shock and grazes in a nearby hospital after raising the alarm, while Federal MP Warren Entsch, who represents the area in Australian Parliament, has said that the attack must not spark hysteria regarding crocodile management in a national park where visitors are warned about the dangers.
“You can’t legislate against human stupidity,” he said. “This is a tragedy but it was avoidable. There are warning signs everywhere up there.
“People have to have some level of responsibility for their own actions.”
A search and rescue is now underway, with a helicopter featuring thermal imaging cameras being employed.