Indigenous ranger attacked and taken by crocodile in Northern Territory

The countryside around Gan Gan in East Arnhem land where a female ranger is said to have been taken by a crocodile today

Police said a women believed to be an Aboriginal ranger had been fishing "waist-deep" in a river with her family in remote Arnhem Land in the Northen Territory when she was taken.

Initial reports from St John Ambulance indicated the woman was attacked by a saltwater crocodile some time this morning.

A family member noticed her missing, they said, after hearing some splashing.

The woman's body and the crocodile were found just before 5pm, less than one kilometre from the scene. Rangers killed the crocodile. "She was up to waist deep in water".

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The woman worked as an Aboriginal ranger in the local Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area.

"NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the incident", it said in a statement.

The last fatal crocodile attack in Australia was October last year when a 79-year-old dementia patient was killed after wandering from a nursing home at Port Douglas in Queensland state.

The Northern Territory government supports regulated trophy hunting in collaboration with indigenous groups but the notion has always been met with staunch opposition from the federal government.

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