Aus woman survives crocodile attack
03 April 2012, 13:15
Sydney - A woman has survived after being attacked by a crocodile while
swimming from a luxury tourist boat at a remote bay in Western
Australia, the ship's operator said on Tuesday.
Tara Hawkes, 23,
was in shallow water near the vessel True North at Dugong Bay in the
Kimberley region when the 2m crocodile bit her upper leg.
passenger is believed to have pulled her to safety and she was flown by
helicopter to the nearest hospital where she was in a stable condition
on Monday night being treated for lacerations and puncture wounds.
Trembath of North Star Cruises, the vessel's operator, said in a
statement that the attack happened at a freshwater pool in only
"Crew members checked the pool before entering
the water. However, they did not detect the crocodile, which was
estimated to be 2m in length," he said, adding that Hawkes worked as a
crew member on the boat.
A Western Australia Department of
Environment and Conservation spokesperson said it had put out a warning
to tourist operators not to let people swim in the area because it was
believed the crocodile was still there.
True North, which can
carry 36 passengers, was purpose-built to access remote wilderness areas
with passengers paying as much as A$13 995 ($14 500) a person for a
seven-night Kimberley cruise.
Local reports said American model Jerry Hall, the former partner of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, was a recent guest.