Crocodile kills man in Australia
A crocodile killed a man and then kept his body in its
jaws while his two friends watched in horror from a nearby tree.
Shaun Blowers and Ashley Mctouch,, both 19, recounted on
Tuesday how the reptile snatched Brett Mann at Finnish River,
which cuts through a mooded tropical wilderness about 50 miles
southwest of Darwin in the Northern Territory on Sunday.
Blowers said the saltwater crocodile also lunged at them,
but they scrambled up a tree in the swollen stream. A police
search party found them still in the tree 22 hours later.
The three friends had been riding quad bikes along a muddy trail,
and stopped by the river to bathe.
Mann was swept away by a strong current. As his friends swam
out to help,, he was taken by a crocodile that had been lurking in
We both jumped in and swam after him and WE got in front of
him and were leading him back to the bank,," Blowers said. "I
went past the croc. I didn' t see it, Ashley screamed out ‘croc,
croc‘... we just swam to the nearest tree and straight up we
We were looking around for Brett (but) didn' t hear a thing,
didn' t hear a scream, no splashing or anything," he said.
Two minutes later the croc brought Brett to the surface and
pretty much showed him off to us and off he swam.
Five minutes later he was back stalking the tree around us. He
just hung around us all night and pretty much all the next
A police helicopter took the two survivors to Darwin, where they
were treated for shock and exposure.
Authorities Tuesday searched the river for Mann' s remains and
for the marinating crocodile.
Saltwater crocodiles are among the world' s largest reptiles. They
became a protected species in 1971 after they were nearly wiped
out over the last century. There are now an estimated 100, 000
saltwater crocs and there have been growing calls for a
reintroduction of limited hunting.
Last year a crocodile killed a German woman as she
swam in the Northern Territories Kakaru Park.
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