Woman dead after being taken by crocodile in Northern Territory

A woman has been attacked and killed by a saltwater crocodile while fishing with family in the Northern Territory.

A group of about seven women and children were fishing and collecting mussels in waist deep water in a billabong when splashing was heard.

The group noticed the woman had disappeared, leaving the bucket she was using.

The woman’s body and the crocodile were found just before 5pm, less than one kilometre from the scene.

The crocodile was destroyed by local Indigenous rangers.

The woman was taken by the crocodile at Gan Gan, East Arnhem. Source: Google Maps

The crocodile attack occurred at about 10am near Gan Gan in East Arnhem Land.

The woman worked as an Aboriginal ranger in the local Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area.

Police from Lake Evella and Nhulunbuy were located about three hours’ away and travelled to the scene by car and boat to help local rangers and the community to search waterways.

“Any death is traumatic, our thoughts are with family and relatives,” Police Commander Tony Fuller told reporters.

A report into the circumstances around the death will be prepared by police for the coroner and NT WorkSafe spokesman is also investigating, a spokesman said.