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Australian man taken by 4-meter crocodile

POLICE found the remains of a 20-year-old man who was taken by a 4-meter crocodile when he went for a swim at night in a river in northern Australia, an officer said yesterday.

The crocodile believed responsible has been killed.

Police Superintendent Dean Maloney said the man was attacked about 2am on Friday when he and his brother, who had been drinking with the victim's wife on the bank, decided to swim across the Daly River, about 225 kilometers south of Darwin.

Maloney said the three people were local residents and should have known that large saltwater crocodiles live in the river. "I'd be taking extreme care if I was going to do that," Maloney said of the late-night dip. "I think there was some complacency involved in this incident."

Wildlife officials found the man's remains about 1 kilometer upriver from where he was last seen.


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