Just a generic Australian saltwater croc photo.
Tourist Cindy Waldron, 46, was swimming in waist-deep water with a friend at 10.30pm on Sunday night and yelled that she was being attacked by a crocodile before disappearing.
Her friend, a local resident aged 47, was grazed on the arm after she tried to pull the victim from the jaws of the crocodile.
“[She] tried to grab her and drag her to safety and she just wasn’t able to do that,” police senior constable Russell Parker told ABC News.
“They had been walking along the beach and they’ve decided to go for a swim just in waist-deep water and [it was] probably a very nice, clear night, but obviously [they] may not have been aware of the dangers.”
The incident occurred at Thornton Beach in the popular Daintree region in north Queensland, where a 16â€“foot crocodile has been spotted in recent weeks.
The area, north of the tropical city of Cairns, is known for its large crocodile population, which has been a drawcard for tourists.
“The whole of Cairns and up into Cape [Tribulation] is known for its large crocodiles,” said Neil Noble, from the state ambulance service.
“Certainly one has to be very careful around our waterways. Stay well away from the water when you can, especially when you can’t see.â€
North Queensland member for parliament, Warren Entsch, who represents the region, said the victim should be blamed for the attack, not the crocodile.
“You can’t legislate against human stupidity,” Entsch said on Monday, noting that Thornton Beach lies next to a creek where tourism operators run crocodile-spotting tours.
“This is a tragedy but it was avoidable. You can only get there by ferry, and there are signs there saying watch out for the bloody crocodiles,” he added.
“If you go in swimming at 10 o’clock at night, you’re going to get consumed.”