Body Found After Croc Snatches Swimmer

Cops shoot 15-foot croc in Australian river

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 26, 2013 1:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Australia have recovered the body of a swimmer snatched from a river by a crocodile in front of horrified friends. The body of the 26-year-old was found near where he was last seen in the Mary River yesterday, and police shot a 16-foot saltwater croc believed to have been the attacker, reports the NT News. A police spokesman says alcohol may have played a role in the man's decision to ignore warning signs at a popular camping spot and try to swim across the river with a friend. "The Mary River is known worldwide to have the greatest saturation of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world," the spokesman tells the AP. "You don't swim in the Mary River."

A saltwater crocodile reacts in anger as a boat sails past him in Australia's Northern Territory.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
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