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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148. There Tom Nichols cut the crocodile open and found Mr Trans left-leg..in. the crocodiles stomach. 149. The crocodile was male and 4.54 metres in length and had a whiter head than usual. It was well known as a jumping crocodile with the cruises that were conducted just across the river. He was named Michael Jackson. 150. In the opinion of Tom Nichols the crocodile was in very good condition, particularly considering that he had no front legs and one of its back legs was missing. He was obviously well fed. Crocodile Awareness 151. As is the case with many rivers in the Top End, the water in the river was brown and murky and it was impossible to see what was in the water or how deep it was. 152. In evidence Tom Nichols said: Adelaide River itself has a large number of crocodiles ... and you cant see whats there. That is the biggest thing. You go through the day and you may only see a few crocodiles, depending on whether the tide is in or out, but during the night you see red eye shines ... all around the place. 153. Mr Tran and his wife had not seen any crocodiles in the times they had been fishing on the banks of the Adelaide River. They had been fishing there for almost a year. ' 154. Ms Le said: I told my husband sometimes there were a lot of crocodiles here but my husband said not, that there were no crocodiles here because they all go off somewhere to hunt. 155. Ms Le had seen the warnings about crocodiles on the television. However she didnt ever think that it would lie under the water and wait. 25
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