'Human Stupidity' Blamed After Crocodile Gets Woman

Cindy Waldron, 46, was swimming in waist-deep water late Sunday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2016 6:40 AM CDT
'Human Stupidity' Blamed After Crocodile Gets Woman
A saltwater crocodile is shown in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

"If you go in swimming at 10 o'clock at night, you're going to get consumed." Such was the assessment of an Australian lawmaker when commenting on a woman who is believed to have been consumed by a crocodile Sunday night in far North Queensland. Warren Entsch, who serves in parliament, placed the blame squarely on Cindy Waldron, 46, who went swimming at 10:30pm Sunday in the Daintree National Park. The attack occurred at Thornton Beach, which is only accessible via ferry and has signs "saying watch out for the bloody crocodiles," Entsch said. "You can't legislate against human stupidity." Senior Constable Russell Parker tells Australia's ABC News that Waldron, who lived in New South Wales, was swimming with a friend in waist-deep water when the attack happened.

The friend tried to pull her to safety but failed, and then ran to a local business to get help; she was unharmed save for some grazes, but is in an extreme state of shock, per an emergency responder. Parker says they have thus far been unable to find Waldron, though a helicopter equipped with thermal imaging equipment was used last night. The search will continue Monday. CNN notes that crocodile attacks in the region occur infrequently, with the last one in the park having taken place in 2009, when a 5-year-old was killed. In comments to Stuff.co.nz, a local official suggests this attack could be especially rare: "I don't know exactly where it happened, but if it was on the beach, that is very unusual for a croc to attack on a beach. They live in estuaries and are usually in transit when on a beach, going from one estuary to another." (More crocodile stories.)

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