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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Rangers searched until 4.41 am when the crews were stood down until first light. At 6.30am the search recommenced. At 8.30 am a helicopter arrived to assist. Ranger Fred Hunter was in the helicopter. He spotted an oil slick on the water further upstream. It was the same sort of slick he had seen after a young boy had been taken by a crocodile earlier in the year. 36. 37. He told the other Rangers and the boats went to the area. Shortly after, a crocodile, fitting the description of the one that took Bill, was shot by Acting Sergeant Wade Rogers of the Water Police. 38. An autopsy was conducted at that location on the crocodile by Garry Lindner. As the knife penetrated the stomach of the crocodile an orange fluid trickled out. It had a distinctive smell. The Rangers knew its meaning and went to get the body bag. Most of the deceased was located in the stomach of the crocodile, the only notable omissions being Bills left arm and clothing. 39. I pause to thank the family of Mr Scott for attending the inquest and giving evidence as to what they witnessed that day. Reliving those moments was not easy and I thank them for their courage. Bill Dean Billabong 40. The billabong is approximately 180 kilometres South East of Darwin. Until 1971 it was a favourite spot of Bill Dean for shooting crocodiles. The billabong makes up part of the South Alligator River system during the wet season. In the dry season it is an isolated billabong about ten kilometres in length and at its deepest about seven metres. 41. It is not listed among the 23 registered camp grounds in Kakadu National Park and has no official boat ramps. It is not patrolled or surveyed by National Park Rangers. 42. 7
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