Second crocodile to be searched for human remains after disappearance of QLD fisherman

A second crocodile is suspected to have been concerned within the disappearance of Queensland fisherman Andrew Heard.

The 3m animal has been caught and killed close to Hinchinbrook Island on Sunday evening.

On Saturday, a 4.2m crocodile in Gayundah Creek was discovered to have human remains in its abdomen after being euthanised.

“Each the animals had been situated within the space the place the lacking particular person was anticipated to have been on his fishing journey,” Appearing Inspector Andrew Cowie mentioned on Monday.

“The data we’ve bought is the traits of the (second) crocodile is in line with having been concerned on this specific incident.”

Heard went lacking about 3pm on Thursday whereas on a fishing journey.

He had been due again inside an hour however failed to return, prompting his spouse to name police.

Fisherman Andrew Heard is missing in northern Queensland.
Fisherman Andrew Heard is lacking in northern Queensland. Credit score: 7NEWS

Officers discovered Heard’s upturned boat about 2.30am on Friday, with harm suggesting a crocodile assault.

In the meantime, one other angler has informed of his chilling shut encounter with a big croc in the identical space.

“He would have been the size of my boat,” Luke Nation informed 7NEWS of the encounter, through which the 4-5m croc bumped the hull of his tinnie.

“It scared us. He undoubtedly was giving us our marching orders, I feel.”

In depth search

Police performed a search for Heard utilizing boats and plane, drones and traps, and had been helped by SES personnel.

Searchers discovered human remains within the creek earlier than discovering the primary crocodile.

Police mentioned the person was an skilled boatie, however had no security tools with him aside from his radio.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned the person’s demise was surprising.

Authorities say the man’s boat appears to have damage by a crocodile.
Authorities say the person’s boat seems to have harm by a crocodile. Credit score: Queensland Police Service/Equipped

“It’s an absolute tragedy, what occurred to that man and may I move on our condolences to his household. Completely horrific,” she informed reporters.

It’s the third crocodile assault in Queensland this month, with two swimmers in Cairns and Weipa surviving their encounters.

The crocodiles concerned had been both killed or relocated to crocodile farms.

Federal MP Bob Katter mentioned the state’s reactive crocodile-management plan had value a human life and put others in danger.

“We aren’t speaking a few crocodile challenge; we’re speaking in regards to the worth of human life,” he mentioned.

“When you lose the respect for one human you lose the respect for the life of each human.”