Police in Australia have found the body of a man killed by a crocodile while swimming in a Northern Territory river.
The man is Sean Cole, age 26, whose body was discovered Monday in the same area where he was last seen swimming at a birthday party.
The incident occurred at a popular camping site on the Mary River, 100 kilometers (65 miles) from Darwin.
The river has one of the highest crocodile populations in the region, and signs are posted warning people to stay out of the waters. Police say he ignored the warnings.
Witnesses looked on in horror as the man was attacked by the crocodile.
The victim had gone swimming with another man across the river, and were swimming back when the attack occurred, said police.
“Several of the group in the party witnessed the male being taken in the jaws of the croc for a period of time, and then he was out of sight,” Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert told the AP news agency.
“The Mary River is known worldwide to have the greatest saturation of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world. You don’t swim in the Mary River,” he said.
Four crocodiles have been shot since the incident, say rangers, and one is believed to be the one that attacked Mr. Cole.
Australia’s tropical north has many saltwater crocodiles which can grow up to 7 meters (23 feet) long and often weigh over a tonne. Image/ATP