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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57. It may be the first time that a crocodile has been witnessed to take a person from a boat. It is not however the first time that a crocodile has been known to attempt to do that. 58. One such attempt related to Jeff Bolitho who gave evidence in this Inquest. He was in a 5.5 metre Trailcraft with friends. It had a canopy and over that had thrown a mosquito net that went right around the boat. It was about 8.30 pm at night. He was sitting on a collapsible chair near the right hand side of the boat when a crocodile came over the side and knocked him from the chair. He landed on the floor. He found teeth marks in the back of his head and shoulder. He showed them to the Rangers who estimated it was likely to have been a 4 metre crocodile. 59. The next night the Rangers re-enacted the scene and a 4 metre crocodile came straight up the river to their boat. It showed no fear. They harpooned 60. it. If the crocodile had got a better grip or perhaps if Mr Bolitho had been on a more solid chair he may also have been taken from his boat and killed. 61. Some sobering research released 15 May 2015 was undertaken by Yusuke Fukuda, Charlie Manolis, Keith Saalfeld and Alain Zuur titled Dead or Alive? Factors Affecting the Survival of Victims during Attacks by Saltwater Crocodiles in Australia". They state in part: 62. The models showed that the most influential factors were the difference in body mass between crocodile and victim, and the position of victim in relation to the water at the time of an attack. In water position (for diving, swimming, and wading) had a higher risk than on-water (boating) or on-land (fishing, and hunting near the water's edge) positions. In the in-water position a 75 kg person would have a relatively high probability of survival (0.81) if attacked by a 300 cm crocodile, but the probability becomes much lower (0.17) with a 400 cm crocodile. If attacked by a crocodile larger than 450 10
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