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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ATTACHMENT A IN THE CORONERS COURT ATDARWIN TN-THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA No. D0099/2014 In the matter of an Inquest into the death of WILLIAM GEORGE SCOTT ON 7 JUNE 2014 AT BILL DEAN BILLABONG, KAKADU FINDINGS Mr Greg Cavanagh SM: Introduction William George Scott (Bill) was 62 years old. One of his favourite places was the South Alligator River System. For him it held a special fascination. One of his most cherished locations was a place he called Black Horse Camp (officially known as Bill Dean Billabong). He camped there two or three times a year and had done so for the 20 years previous to his death. It was there that he went on the Queens Birthday long weekend in June 2014 with his wife, family and friends. l. He had just returned from fishing on the river and was standing at the back of his boat when a 4.74 metre Estuarine Crocodile (saltwater crocodile) rocked the boat. As Bill reached out to steady himself the crocodile leapt from the water, closed its jaws around his upper arm, shoulder and chest, flipped him out of the boat and took him under the water. He was not seen alive again. 2. The Inquest This Inquest was heard at the same time as another Inquest into the death of Mr Lanh Van Tran who was taken from the bank of the Adelaide River by a saltwater crocodile measuring 4.54 metres just two months later. 3. i i
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