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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

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Title

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

Other title

Tabled paper 1734

Collection

Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2016-04-19

Description

Deemed

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C01443

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/273815

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/426262

Page content

Jumping Crocodiles However stability is not the only issue. Mr Scott was not exposed to the crocodile because the boat was unstable. That was not the case in the attack on Mr Bolitho either. 88. 89. The boat of Mr Scott was at the smaller end of the scale but that was not the case with the boat of Mr Bolitho. The simple fact is that crocodiles are able to propel themselves from the water to take hold of their prey. Where that is from the waters edge on land the dangers are relatively well known. However the dangers when in a boat seem not to have been well recognised as similar. 90. The most likely means of decreasing that danger is through the use of barriers. 91. The vulnerability of people in boats was becoming clear to the Rangers even before Mr Scott was killed. Some had started to put railings on their personal boats. 92. After Mr Scott was killed the process of installing railings speeded up. The Park Manager of Kakadu National Park directed that safety railings be installed on a number of the smaller operational boats. 93. Water Police followed that initiative also putting railings on some of their boats. Acting Sergeant Wade Rogers said: 94. Obviously this incident was a bit of a wakeup call, not just to the general public, but definitely guys in our section and Im sure in some other professional workplaces as well hopefully. The railings reach to head height when sitting in the boats, particularly the punts and on the larger boats wrap around the back area to protect the driver and the front area to protect those needing to be near the front in the course of their duties. 95. 16


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