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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139. Mr Tran made his way through the mud to the edge of the water. He held the line in his left hand and with a stick in his right hand reached out trying to get under the line to release it. 140. Ms Le picked up the box of gear and was taking it to the car when she heard her husband yell, Chet roi, troi oi. She turned hearing a big splashing sound and saw a crocodile tail turning in the air. 141. She grabbed a knife and ran down into the mud. She pulled on the line thinking Mr Tran might still be attached to it. She waded into the water and struck around with the knife but there was nothing. 142. She yelled for help. None came, and she drove to the other side of the river where she found Mr Blums of the Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruise. He rang 000. 143. Ms Le then drove back to the fishing spot but couldnt see the crocodile or her husband. 144. At the request of the Water Police, Wildlife Ranger Tom Nichols arrived at about 8.30 pm along with Ranger Emma Jackson. They launched their boat and went looking for eye shines. 145. At approximately 9.00 pm in a small channel about 300 metres downstream they found an eye shine of a larger crocodile. On approaching the crocodile they saw that it was about 4 metres in length and had a human hand and part of an arm in its jaws. 146. Tom Nichols shot the crocodile in the head and signalled to the Police Boat. They then saw Mr Trans body nearby. His body was retrieved excepting only for his left leg and some of his right arm. 147. The crocodile was tied to the side of the boat and taken back to the boat ramp. 24
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