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Woman survives crocodile attack in the Kimberley
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:53:09 PM »
Woman survives crocodile attack in the Kimberley
Updated April 03, 2012 09:02:36 ABC

Photo: Tara Hawkes was swimming in an area known for crocodiles.

 A woman has survived a crocodile attack at Dugong Bay in Western Australia's Kimberley.

Tara Hawkes, 23, was swimming from the boat on which she works, the True North, when the two-metre croc bit her upper leg on Sunday.

Dugong Bay is south of Talbot Bay and its famous Horizontal Falls, near Derby.

The Department of Environment and Conservation's Peter Carstairs says she was in an area known for crocodiles.

"They were swimming in a fresh water pool, not far from the salt water area, and as she was exiting the water, she was grabbed by a crocodile," he said.

"She received lacerations and puncture wounds from the attack."

Ms Hawkes was taken to Derby Hospital and is in a stable condition.

The ship, 'True North', is owned by North Star Cruises which says other crew members had checked the waterhole before people went swimming, but did not see the crocodile.

Mr Carstairs says the crocodile is still in the area and he is urging people not to swim there.

"The crocodile hasn't been harmed in any way but we'll be looking into seeing what options we can take," he said.

"That area's very well known for crocodiles so I think removing people from the environment instead of removing the crocodile from the environment sounds like a good idea."

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Re: Woman survives crocodile attack in the Kimberley
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 12:40:32 PM »
Why would you do it? Honestly. What would possess someone to go swimming in an area that is obvious croc territory? No sympathy from me.


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