Suspected crocodile incident

Issued: 6 Aug 2021

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating a suspected crocodile attack on two men on August 6, 2021 in the Lockhart River area of Cape York Peninsula.

At 4.54pm, emergency services were notified that two men had sustained injuries.

One man has critical injuries, the second man has serious injuries and both will be treated by emergency services.

A team of DES wildlife officers will travel to Lockhart River which is in a remote part of Far North Queensland to gather further information about the incident and what response is required.

Due to the remoteness of the area, they aren’t expected to arrive until late Saturday.

Our thoughts are with the two men and their families at this time.

DES is reminding people that Cape York Peninsula is known Croc Country and urge people in the area to be Crocwise.

In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
  • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
  • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.