The remains of an Australian man, who had gone missing while fishing with his companions, have been discovered within the body of a crocodile.
65-year-old Kevin Darmody was last spotted on Saturday at Kennedy Bend, a well-known habitat for saltwater crocodiles located in a secluded region of North Queensland.
Following a two-day search of the vicinity, law enforcement officials put down two sizable crocodiles and discovered remains of a human body.
According to the police, Mr. Darmody’s demise was a “tragic end.” An official identification procedure is set to take place.
Mr. Darmody, an experienced fisherman, was a prominent member of the Cape York community.
On Monday, two crocodiles were shot at a distance of 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from their last sighting. The crocodiles measured 4.1 m (13.4 ft) and 2.8 m in length, respectively.
According to wildlife officials, it is believed that both reptiles were involved, although only one of them contained human remains.
According to reports, the fishermen accompanying Mr. Darmody did not witness the attack firsthand. However, they claimed to have heard his screams, which were followed by a loud splash.
The individual hurriedly descended the stairs… According to Cape York Weekly, the only thing visible of the man on the beach were his thong sandals, as reported by his friend John Patey.
In the tropical north of Australia, crocodiles are a common sight, but attacks are a rare occurrence. According to records dating back to 1985, the recent death of Mr. Darmody marks the 13th fatal attack in Queensland.
In 2021, a fisherman was killed by a crocodile on Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Island, under circumstances similar to the recent attack. Additionally, fatal crocodile attacks have occurred in the far north of the state in 2017 and 2016.
According to recent reports, the crocodile population in Queensland has experienced a significant increase from 5,000 to approximately 30,000 since the implementation of the hunting ban in 1974.
According to a report from 2019, an average of 1.7 adult crocodiles were found for every kilometer of river surveyed.
Under a management program in Queensland, crocodiles deemed as “problematic” are extracted from locations where they pose a risk to the public’s safety. In some instances, these crocodiles are put down, albeit infrequently.
Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) boasts the world’s largest wild crocodile population, estimated to be around 100,000 reptiles, dwarfing the numbers mentioned earlier.
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