A recent crocodile attack on a 47-year-old woman at a Queensland beach in northern Australia came as a shocker to the people of the locality. Fearing protests against crocs in the region, MP Warren Entsch clarified to the people intimidated by the incident that the victim is solely responsible for the accident since she went swimming late, ignoring warning signs put up in the region.
According to Entsch, the accident was “avoidable” and it was the result of sheer “human stupidity”. What caused the woman’s fatal fall should not spark a “vendetta” against crocodiles in northern Australia.
Entsch pointed out, “You can’t legislate against human stupidity. This is a tragedy but it was avoidable. There are warning signs everywhere up there.”
To date, the 46-year-old woman’s body has not been traced. She went swimming with a friend in waist-deep water in Thornton Beach, which lies at the north of Daintree River. Although the victim’s friend survived the harrowing incident, she was left in deep shock for not being able to save her friend from the deadly croc’s jaw.
In a report by The Guardian, the missing woman is identified as a resident of Oakey Park, while her friend who managed to survive is from the Cairns suburb of Trinity Beach.
Entsch suspects a possibility of reactive debate from the masses who might raise concerns against crocodile attack. The MP feels that people should have some degree of responsibility against their own actions. Hence, there is no point in rebelling against crocs and the environment.
Police are investigating the matter and are trying their best to find the missing woman’s body, according to SMH. When asked, Senior Constable Russel Parker told the media, “They had been walking along the beach and they’ve decided to go for a swim…[it was] probably a very nice, clear night, but obviously [they] may not have been aware of the dangers.”