A woman is missing in Queensland. Police have been searching for her and are suspecting a crocodile attack.

The 46-year-old was swimming with her friend in Thornton Beach, north of the Daintree River, when the crocodile attacked her. Her friend, who tried to pull the victim from the water, is still in deep shock.

According to One News, the victim was a New Zealander but has been residing in NSW for 18 years. Police also confirmed that her friend desperately tried to save her but failed in her attempt.

One News quoted Senior Constable Russell Parker saying, “(She) tried to grab her and drag her to safety and she just wasn’t able to do that, 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.”

The friend ran to a nearby business asking for help and immediately  taken to a hospital, as she was totally shocked by the harrowing incident. The friend informed authorities that she saw the victim being dragged into the water. She also reported that the victim screamed out that she was being dragged down by a crocodile.

Last night a rescue helicopter joined the search operation. Water police and SES volunteers are now under way to rescue the woman, as reported by the Courier Mail.

This is the second crocodile attack in this month. On May 17, 72-year-old Noel Ramage was also drowned after a crocodile attack.

A month ago another victim, Peter Rowsell was camping with his family when he was attacked by a crocodile. Rowsell was lucky to survive the attack.

Federal MP for the far north Queensland seat of Leichhardt Warren Entsch had urged that the attack must not trigger hysterical debate about crocodile management in his electorate.

Noteworthy, observing the surge in the number of crocodile attacks following the decision to end widespread culling in 1971, it has been debated whether it is necessary to bring back crocodile hunting.