He went fishing in crocodile-infested waters, local police said on Wednesday: the remains of a missing Australian were found inside two of the reptiles.
Police said the 65-year-old, identified by Australian media as Kevin Darmody, went on a fishing trip in the north-eastern state of Queensland on Saturday with locals.
According to law enforcement, the group has repelled an alligator so they can start hunting. Cairns Police Inspector Mark Henderson said witnesses later heard the man “screaming, screaming very loudly, followed by a huge splash”.
Two crocodiles were shot dead
Rangers armed with rifles later killed two several-meter-long alligators in Lakefield National Park, where the group had congregated.
The inspector declared that the expertise performed on the crawlers “unfortunately made it possible to identify the remains of the missing man”, and described the “tragic end”. He was a “very nice guy,” Henderson said, a tavern manager from a rural village upstate.
Queensland is “crocodile country,” warned Michael Joyce, the area’s wildlife officer. “If you’re in the water and especially if you’re in Lakefield, which is specifically designated[as a site]for crocodile protection, you should expect to see crocodiles in those waters.”