Weipa crocodile incident

Issued: 2 Feb 2021

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating after a man was bitten on the hand and back by a crocodile at Vyce’s Crossing, north of Weipa, about 5:30pm on Sunday 31 January 2020.

The man was taken to Weipa Hospital before being flown to Cairns Base Hospital with a suspected broken hand and laceration to his back.

Based on the injuries to the victim’s hand, DES crocodile experts believe the animal to be approximately 3 metres long.

Wildlife officers conducted a site assessment of the area on 1 February 2020. The area is currently in flood, and no crocodiles were sighted at the location.

Wildlife officers will continue to monitor the area, and the crocodile will be targeted for removal. Recent crocodile sighting warning signs will also be installed.

People in croc country are reminded to be CrocWise, especially during the wet season or flood events as crocodiles can use flood waters to disperse.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Weipa is in Zone E (General Management Zone). This means that crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour are targeted for removal.

Crocodiles that pose a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

Members of the public are encouraged to report crocodile sightings as soon as possible, by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all reports it receives.

Weipa is known Croc Country and people in the area are reminded to always 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 the water’s edge, camp sites or at boat ramps
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in Croc Country
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Further information on being Crocwise is available.