July 9, 2006

Girl feared killed in Australia crocodile attack

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An eight-year-old aboriginal girl was
feared killed in a crocodile attack as she collected water from
a river in Australia's remote Arnhem Land region, police said
on Sunday.

"She was fishing with family and it is believed she went to
the river's edge to collect water when she was taken by the
croc," a police spokeswoman said.

The attack happened on the Blythe River, between Maningrida
and Ramingining, about 500 km (310 miles) east of Australia's
northern city of Darwin on Saturday.

Parks and wildlife rangers and members of the police
tactical response section were on the way to the region to
search for the girl and the crocodile. Police said it was
unlikely the girl survived the attack.

Last year, three men were killed in crocodile attacks in