Crocodile shot after attacking woman in outback lake

A woman has suffered serious leg injuries after being bitten by a crocodile measuring 2.5m long in far-north Western Australia.

On Monday, the 38-year-old woman was swimming at Lake Argyle in the remote Kimberley region when she was attacked by the freshwater crocodile.

The attack was unprovoked and the woman is in a stable condition in hospital.

A woman swimming in far-north Western Australia was seriously injured after being attacked by a 2 metre long crocodile. Source: Getty Images, file
A woman swimming in far-north Western Australia was seriously injured after being attacked by a 2 metre long crocodile. Source: Getty Images, file

When parks and wildlife staff did a patrol in the area on Tuesday, a freshwater crocodile of a similar size approached their boat.

"Both the behaviour of a crocodile approaching the boat and the events of the previous day is consistent with what staff would identify as a problem animal," a DBCA spokeswoman said.

"In order to ensure public safety in the popular recreation and swimming area and with consideration to large community events such as the annual Lake Argyle swim taking place this weekend, staff destroyed the animal."

More to come.

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