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Posted by on September 29, 2005 at 02:32:17:

A crocodile is believed to have killed a diver in the Northern Territory, the second fatal attack inside a week.

Police say a 56-year-old scuba diver was reported missing by his diving partner at Cobourg Peninsula north of Darwin this morning.

The man's body was found this afternoon near Trepang Bay, about 28 kilometres from the Cape Don lighthouse.

Acting Superintendent Dean McMaster says the man's injuries are consistent with a crocodile attack.

"He was reported missing by his diving companion about 11:30am," Superintendent McMaster said.

"He said that his friend had failed to surface and that he had seen a large crocodile in the vicinity.

"The man marked the exact location of the incident with a EPIRB and a marker buoy and his quick actions assisted greatly in the rapid recovery of the victim."

Police believe a crocodile was also responsible for the death of a snorkeller off Groote Eylandt last weekend.



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