Body found in search of spear fisherman thought to have been taken by crocodile

Searchers spotted a body from a Rescue 510 helicopter.

Searchers spotted a body from a Rescue 510 helicopter.

A body of a Cairns spear fisherman suspected to have been attacked by a crocodile has been found.

Queensland, Australia's Far North District Water Police officers in the Rescue 510 helicopter found the body about 8am (local time) on Monday and it was believed to be that of the fisherman who reported missing on Saturday night.

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have begun their search for the crocodile, believed to be about four metres long.

The 35-year-old man had been spear fishing alone between Palmer Point and High Island when he disappeared.

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Police spotted his dinghy about 6pm, which sparked an air and sea search that ended Monday morning.

The discovery comes as an 18-year-old remains in Cairns hospital after he was mauled by a crocodile in the Johnstone River early Saturday morning.

The teen, who will undergo extensive surgery on his arm, was reportedly dared to jump into the water.

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 - Brisbane Times


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