Indian Croc Kills US Tourist

Family of NJ woman say there should have been warnings
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2010 5:14 AM CDT
Beaches like this one on Havelock Island draw tourists to the Andaman Islands, but brochures don't mention the risk of crocodile attack.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – The family of a New Jersey woman killed by a crocodile while snorkeling in India's Andaman Islands say she'd be alive today if tourists had been warned that man-eating crocodiles are a serious danger there. Lauren Failla, 25, was killed by a 12-foot crocodile near a resort where she was vacationing with her boyfriend. Her sister was killed in a rock-climbing accident 4 years ago.

"Her father made a point of saying she was not a big risk-taker, always a little reserved, all the more since her sister's untimely death," Failla's cousin told the Daily Record. "To me, this is such a big wake-up call to our romantic notions about nature. Nature gives and she takes away—rather indifferently. It is human beings that must protect other human beings." Indian authorities need to realize that "a crocodile sanctuary and tourist destination cannot co-exist," she added.

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