A fisher is missing in far north Queensland after a suspected crocodile attack, sparking a major search and rescue operation.
The 65-year-old Laura man was fishing along the Kennedy River at Rinyirru national park in Lakefield on Saturday afternoon when he disappeared after a commotion reported by nearby campers.
Bystanders described the fisher as being in distress after a splash in the waters near the Kennedy Bend campsite, according to the Queensland Ambulance Service.
An aerial search was launched with a paramedic and doctor onboard before being suspended overnight. Search efforts resumed at first light on Sunday, with wildlife officers assisting.
In Western Australia, an 11-year-old boy is in a serious but stable condition after being bitten by a shark in the state’s north.
The boy was taken to hospital after being mauled while snorkelling in waters off Kurrajong campsite in the Cape Range national park about 3pm on Saturday, according to Perth Now.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics after sustaining deep cuts to parts of his body but his injuries are said to be non-life threatening.
A spokesperson for Perth Children’s hospital said the boy was still being treated on Sunday morning but was stable.
This article was first published by The Guardian on 30 April 2023. Lead Image: A saltwater crocodile attacks a smaller one at Rinyirru national park in north Queensland, where a 65-year-old man has disappeared while fishing. Photograph: Reuters.
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