02/12/2012 17:17 GMT

Nine-Year-Old Boy Attacked By Crocodile In Northern Australia

A nine-year-old boy is feared dead after he was snatched by a crocodile in Northern Australia.

The boy was swimming with a group of people at the mouth of a river near the township of Nhulunbuy when he was attacked.

Superintendent Michael White of the Northern Territory police said in a statement: “Initial reports suggest adults within in the group tried to save the boy by spearing the animal, but the crocodile dragged the child out to deeper water.


Crocodiles are a common threat in Northern Australia

“Officers from Nhulunbuy Police Station are currently at the scene of the attack and searching for the boy and the crocodile.

“Members of the local Sea Rangers will also assist the search this evening, with the hope of a positive outcome.”

Two weeks ago a seven-year-old girl was killed in a similar incident.