You know, I’m not one for mentioning the Darwin Awards for people who do stupid things that take them out of the gene pool but, man, this was really dumb. And, since it happened IN Darwin, Australia… well, it’s apropos.
Police have recovered the body of a man who attempted to swim across a crocodile-infested river in the Australian Outback as well as the carcass of a crocodile that was shot by authorities, officials said Monday.
Sean Cole, 26, was snatched by a crocodile and dragged under the water Saturday as he and a friend were swimming in the Mary River during a birthday party.
Northern Territory wildlife ranger Tom Nichols said Cole’s body and that of a 4.7-metre-long crocodile floated to the river surface early Monday. The crocodile was one of four that rangers shot in the hours after the attack.
The river is infested with crocodiles, and officials said that as locals the men would have known that.
“They just did something silly,” Nichols said.
Erin Bayard, the manager of mary River Wilderness Retreat, says there are plenty of signs clearly stating that it is prohibited to go within five meters of the water edge due to the risk of crocodiles dragging people into the water. The man died of either chest injuries or drowning. Bodies of both man and beast were recovered.