Croc kills man at Cahills Crossing, Kakadu

BySam PurcellJanuary 20, 2017
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Croc kills man at Cahills Crossing, Kakadu

A man has been taken by a saltwater crocodile at the infamous Cahills Crossing, on the eastern edge of Kakadu National Park.

The man, 47, was walking across the causeway when he was taken. His body was found later, about two kilometres downstream. The croc responsible for the attack has been shot and killed, and it’s body will be prepared for a coroner’s report.

Crocs are a regular sighting at Cahills Crossing, in the Northern Territory.

Crocs are a regular sighting at Cahills Crossing, in the Northern Territory. Credit: Todd Hore.

Crossing the East Alligator River in between Kakadu and Arnhem Land, Cahill’s Crossing is cement causeway on the base of the river, which is only recommended for high-clearance 4WDs.

The crossing is impacted by tides, and many 4WDers have come to grief attempting the crossing when water was too high.

The last death at Cahills Crossing was back in 1987. A 40-year-old Jabiru man, Kerry Mclaughlin was taken by a 5.1-metre croc and decapitated, after stumbling on the causeway.