Body of missing fisherman found in crocodile in Northern Australia

Body of missing fisherman found in crocodile in Northern Australia

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Human remains were found inside a crocodile in Queensland, Australia after a local fisherman went missing in the area.

Kevin Darmody, a 65-year-old experienced fisherman, vanished while fishing with friends at Kennedy’s Bend, a well-known saltwater crocodile habitat in a remote part of northern Queensland, Australia, on Saturday 29th April 2023.

After a two-day search of the area, police euthanised two large crocodiles and found human body parts. Human remains were found inside only one of the reptiles, but wildlife officers believe both were involved in the incident.

Mr Darmody was a well-known member of the community in Cape York, and his death was described as a “tragic ending” by the police.

The fishermen with Mr Darmody at the time did not see the attack but reported hearing him yell, followed by a loud splash.

The two crocodiles, which measured 4.1m (13.4 ft) and 2.8m in length, were shot dead on Monday 1st May 2023 about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from where he was last seen.

Crocodiles are common in Australia’s tropical north, but attacks are rare. Mr Darmody’s death is just the 13th fatal attack in Queensland since record-keeping began in 1985.

In 2021, a fisherman was killed by a crocodile in similar circumstances on Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Island, and there were also fatal attacks in the state’s far north in 2017 and 2016.