Man eaten by crocodile at notorious Australian river crossing

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A man has been killed by a crocodile while attempting to walk across a flooded river crossing in Australia.

The 47-year-old was grabbed on Cahills Crossing near the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

Two women who were with him at the time watched as he was dragged under the water by a 3.3-metre-long crocodile.

The incident took place about 4pm local time yesterday. Emergency services sent several boats into the water to find the man.

Later that evening his body was spotted beside a 'very protective' crocodile, which had to be shot dead so police could retrieve the corpse.

Officials said the man's injuries were 'consistent with being taken by a crocodile'. His body has been taken to Darwin to determine the cause of death.

Local news reports that he was from the nearby indigenous Gunbalanya community.

The crossing has a reputation for being dangerous as it acts as a bottleneck for barramundi – a type of bass – which attracts the crocodiles. Known as the East Alligator River, it is believed about 120 saltwater crocodiles live there.

Signs posted beside the road warn people not to cross on foot.

NT Police Duty Superintendent Bob Harrison said: "Cahill's Crossing is notorious for crocodiles and to walk across it to me is just foolishness.

"The area's noted for crocodiles on the causeway and there are signs there saying don't go in the water. Unfortunately they did and that was the result."