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Darwin Croc Victim's Body Recovered

August 26, 2013

Police in northern Australia said Monday they had recovered the body of a man dragged under by a crocodile while swimming 110 kilometres east of Darwin.

Sean Cole, 26, was taken while crossing the Mary River with a friend despite signs warning against entering crocodile-infested waters.

The two campers, possibly affected by alcohol and perhaps acting on a dare, were swimming back across the Mary River at the time of the attack. They had made the first crossing safely.

The river is reputed to have the world's highest concentration of crocodiles.

"Large crocodiles usually drown their victims at the first instance to make them easier to control," police watch commander Geoff Bahnert told national broadcaster ABC.

Northern Territory chief crocodile catcher Tommy Nichols told the NT News that last month more than a dozen crocodiles longer than 3 metres had been spotted in the area where Cole died.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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