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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner’s Findings and recommendations regarding the death of Mr William George Scott pursuant to section 46B dated 18 March 2016



Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner’s Findings and recommendations regarding the death of Mr William George Scott pursuant to section 46B dated 18 March 2016

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While I had my back to the river securing the tub I heard dad makft noise. The noise sounded like the word, fuck which he yelled. I then heard a thump and a splash. I turned and saw a big swirl in the water and a section of tail of a crocodile. I think the thump was dad hitting the boat before being dragged into the water. I did not see my dad or hear him say or yell anything else I only saw the tail of the crocodile. The boat was rocking but still secured to the bank. I saw the blue bucket floating by the waters edge. There was no sign of the crocodile near the boat. a 3i. In her evidence Joanne said: People start to contemplate what they would do in that situation ... would they use a gun or something like that and I just want to share with people that it is so quick, it happened in seconds and he was gone, and theres not a thing that we could do, and a horrible thing for Bills family that they had to be there feeling that there was nothing they could do to help him. Aaron ran into the water to search for his father. He did not see either the crocodile or his father. Roslyn called to Aaron and helped him back out of the water. He got into his boat, reversed out about 10 to 15 metres, stopped and looked around. He saw a swirl about 50 metres downstream. He followed it but saw nothing. He looked around for a further five minutes but found nothing. Bills hat floated to the surface. Aaron continued to look but found nothing and then went to find Max. 32. A short time after Aaron left, Bills body floated to the surface. He was face down in the water. Roslyn got into the boat and tried to paddle out to retrieve Bills body but by the time she turned the boat around Bills body was gone. 33. Aaron and Max returned. They continued to search and Roslyn and Joanne drove out to call for help. Aaron and Max stopped searching after it became too dark. 34. At about 8.30 pm Police and Rangers arrived with two vessels. Twenty three crocodiles were spotted. However no large crocodiles were seen. Police and 35. 6

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