Australian crocodile attack victim who is feared to be dead was on holiday and was celebrating her friend’s recovery from cancer. She was attacked by a crocodile during a night swim with her friend in Thornton Beach, north of Daintree River.
There were both air and sea search on Monday to find the crocodile attack victim, Cindy Waldron, 46, but nothing was found as of this post. Cindy was a photographer by profession and was from Lithgow, NSW. Incidentally, during the attack, Cindy was with her childhood friend, Leeann Mitchell, 47 and celebrating Mitchell’s successful completion of a cancer treatment.
Both Cindy and Leeann grew up in Hamilton, New Zealand. They remained friends and moved to Australia. Cindy was in Australia for 18 years. Both friends had never imagined that the supposed life-affirming trip would prove to be a fatal one for Cindy, reported The Australian.
Leeann was undergoing difficult cancer treatment and Waldron came to support her during this difficult phase of her life. They were holidaying in the Daintree National Park near Cape Tribulation. They were in knee deep water when Waldron was attacked by the crocodile. Waldron told her friend that she felt something had brushed against her leg at around 10:30 and moments later she was taken, according to ABC.
Senior Constable Russell Parker said, “Her 47-year-old friend tried to grab her and drag her to safety and she just wasn’t able to do that.”
Local LNP federal MP Warren Entsch blamed the crocodile attack victim for the unfortunate happening and pointed to the fact that the entire area is scattered with warning signs. He said, “You can’t legislate against human stupidity.”
He emphasized, “This is a tragedy but it was avoidable. There are warning signs everywhere up there.”
Dean Adermann from the Queensland Crocodile Protection Society expressed his frustration over people casually treating the warning signs about crocodiles. He also called for more awareness on the reptile.
Adermann said, “They’re constantly there (at Thornton Beach). We get them basically any of the creeks north of Cairns or the beaches. They do travel around. The interesting thing is that at Thornton Beach they actually run croc-watch tours.”
“It’s generally the locals are the ones who are complacent, saying ‘It’ll never happen to me. Generally, the tourists are pretty wary,” he added.
Mitchell has suffered a graze and also treated for shock in Mossman Hospital but yesterday she was in stable condition. On the other hand, Waldron’s family in New Zealand came to know about the unfortunate incident only through the local media.
The locals in Daintree are completely in shock after the attack.