Coroner's Act In the Matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Briony Anne Goodsell pursuant to section 46B dated 30 August 2010
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IN THE CORONERS COURT AT DARWIN IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA No. D0047/2009 In the matter of an Inquest into the death of BRIONY ANNE GOODSELL ON 15 MARCH 2009 AT CAMBELLS LAGOON DARWIN FINDINGS 13 April 2010 5) Mr Greg Cavanagh SM: INTRODUCTION On a Sunday afternoon in March last year, 11 year old schoolgirl Briony Goodsell was taken by a crocodile while playing and swimming with other children in a creek at Lambells Lagoon. Her young friend told investigators: l. Briony yelled out for help and I saw that she was starting to go under the water ...I thought she had a vine wrapped around her waist. Then I saw the tail of a crocodile come out of the water and go back in. I yelled out crocodile and looked for [the other children]. When I looked back at Briony, she was gone. I find, based on all of the evidence before me at the inquest, that the cause of death was a crocodile attack. The evidence before me at the inquest was that the parents and grandparents of the children involved believed that the area where the children were swimming was safe from crocodiles. Although the crocodile was not located, there is sufficient evidence for me to find that it was a saltwater crocodile of approximately 3.2m in length which had travelled into the smaller feeder creek from the Adelaide River floodplain during a period of heavy rain and high water level. As a direct result of this tragedy occurring in a populated rural area on the outskirts of Darwin, the NT government Department responsible for crocodile management made 2. I
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