Cindy Waldron, 46, who reportedly hails from Lithgow in New South Wales, was swimming with her childhood friend, Leeann Mitchell, 47 at Thornton beach in Daintree, North of Cairns at about 10pm on Sunday, May 29, 2016 when the unfortunate incident occurred.
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The pair are reported to have gone waist deep into the water known for having high population of crocodiles, and Leeann had tried desperately to free Cindy while she was being dragged away by the reptile.
Warren Entsch, the Federal MP blamed the sad incident on ‘human stupidity’, telling AAP on Monday, May 30, 2016:
“You can’t legislate against human stupidity. This is a tragedy but it was avoidable. There are warning signs everywhere up there.”
Senior Constable, Russell Parker, disclosed the details of the brutal struggle:
“They had been walking along the beach and they’ve decided to go for a swim … (it was) probably a very nice, clear night, but obviously (they) may not have been aware of the dangers.
“We believe they were visiting the area and weren’t local to it.
Channel Nine reports that Cindy’s last words had been, “a croc’s got me”, just before she was dragged away.
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Leeann is reported to have run to a nearby business establishment to raise alarm, before she was taken to a nearby hospital to treat her grazes and shock.
Queensland Ambulance service revealed that the woman was extremely traumatised, after watching her friend being pulled out into the ocean.
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