Urgent Search for Missing Child After Crocodile Encounter in Remote Australian Town

Urgent Search for Missing Child After Crocodile Encounter in Remote Australian Town
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Author­i­ties in Aus­tralia are des­per­ate­ly search­ing for a miss­ing 12-year-old child in the remote com­mu­ni­ty of Palumpa, North­ern Territory. 

The child was last seen swim­ming in Man­go Creek on Tues­day evening around 5:30 pm and is feared to have been attacked by a crocodile.

Local police and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers imme­di­ate­ly began scour­ing the area after the inci­dent was report­ed. Search efforts have since been expand­ed to include offi­cers from near­by Wad­eye and are con­cen­trat­ed on a large stretch of the creek using boats.

The North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry is known for its large salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile pop­u­la­tion, with an esti­mat­ed 100,000 of these apex preda­tors roam­ing free. While croc­o­dile attacks on humans are uncom­mon, offi­cials urge extreme cau­tion and advise stay­ing away from croc­o­dile habi­tats altogether.

The focus of the search and res­cue oper­a­tion remains on locat­ing the miss­ing child. Police have offered their heart­felt sup­port to the fam­i­ly and the com­mu­ni­ty dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time. They are also appeal­ing to the pub­lic for any infor­ma­tion that might help in the ongo­ing search efforts.

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