12-year-old girl missing after being attacked by crocodile while swimming in creek: reports


Authorities in Australia search a remote area of ​​the Northern Territory for a missing child

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A 12-year-old girl is missing after she was reportedly attacked by a crocodile while swimming in a creek in Australia, according to ABC news And NT News.

“Northern Territory Police are currently searching for a missing child near the remote community of Palumpa,” Northern Territory police, fire and emergency services wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, July 3.

“Last night at approximately 5.30pm police received reports of a missing 12-year-old boy who was last seen swimming in Mango Creek,” it added

“Initial reports said the child had been attacked by a crocodile. Community members and Peppimenarti police arrived at the scene and began searching for the child, who has still not been found.”

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Palumpa is located about 220 miles southwest of Darwin and has an estimated population of just 400. Due to its remote location, officers from the nearby town of Wadeye are assisting in the search, along with a specialized search and rescue team, ABC News reported.

“Local officers are on scene and our thoughts are with the family and community,” Senior Sergeant Erica Gibson said in a statement. NBC News“Officers are currently searching a large section of the creek by boat and we thank the community for their continued assistance.”

According to the BBCNorthern Territory Police Minister Brent Potter told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that the operation had entered the “recovery phase”.

“It is a tragedy for any parent or family member to lose a young child, especially in such circumstances, when it is taken by a crocodile,” he said, the magazine reported.

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PEOPLE has contacted Northern Territory police, fire and emergency services for further comment.

According to the Northern Territory of Australia websiteThe region has the largest population of wild crocodiles in the world, with over 100,000 of the reptiles living there.

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