Man's remains found in croc

Last updated 18:38 08/06/2014

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Police have found the remains of a man taken by a crocodile in front of his family in Kakadu National Park.

The 62-year-old's remains were found inside a 4.7-metre long crocodile, which was shot dead by police. Police also shot a second crocodile during their search for the man, who was in a boat when he was attacked on a billabong, southwest of Cooinda, in the Northern Territory.

It is understood his wife, son and daughter-in-law were with him on a camping holiday in the remote area and drove to Cooinda to raise the alarm on Saturday afternoon.

It is believed the family, who have not been identified, are from Darwin and had previously camped in Kakadu.

"I can only assume they are devastated," a Northern Territory police spokesman said. "The water is deep in this billabong...There is always the potential for a crocodile attack."

Water police and park rangers searched with spotlights for the man on Saturday night before restarting their search on Sunday morning. The man's remains were found about midday on Sunday.

"During daylight hours today Kakadu rangers using their expertise of crocodile management behaviour managed to locate two large saltwater crocodiles in the billabong," Sergeant Andrew Hocking said.

He also said reports the man and his family were in a closed area of the park were incorrect, as the area had recently been opened to the public.

Nearby waters were opened to tourists on Saturday by rangers, after successive patrols found no crocodiles. Tourists are warned to beware crocodiles in any part of Kakadu. "I would encourage people to think carefully about their safety at all times," a police spokesman said.

Crocodile expert Graeme Webb said it was unusual for a croc to attack at this time of year, as the reptiles usually laid low during the cooler months.

"They tend to move around a lot more when it warms up... and that's when they're more dangerous," he told AAP.

"But crocs will still take prey during the cooler months.

"I don't know what has happened in this case but it just sounds horrific. It's just awful, you just can't begin to understand how (the man's family) must feel."

Mr Webb, chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Crocodile Specialist Group, said there have been a number of reports in the past of reptiles approaching and going aboard boats.

A 12-year-old boy died in January after being attacked by a crocodile in the national park.

Human remains were found near where the boy had been swimming with friends in a billabong west of Jabiru.

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NT Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Price told the NT News newspaper on Saturday that her thoughts were with the family and friends of the missing man.

In January a 12-year-old boy died after being attacked by a crocodile in the national park.

Human remains were found near where the boy had been swimming with friends in a billabong west of Jabiru.

A 15-year-old boy was also bitten but fought his way free during the attack.

- AAP

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