Horror like a giant crocodile lurking on a busy beach just yards from swimmers – closing off the popular tourist area
- A beach in far north Queensland has been closed after a crocodile sighting
- The beach was closed due to life saver as it was seen ‘within yards of bathers’
- Lifesavers used a drone to find the crocodile, but they couldn’t
- The beach was closed for several hours before reopening later in the afternoon
- It is the fourth sighting in the past month on the popular Four Mile Beach
A popular beach in far north Queensland has been closed due to a crocodile coming ‘within yards of bathers’.
Beachgoers on Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas were ordered to get out of the water Tuesday morning while the last seen crocodile meandered along the protection nets.
This sighting comes after another three-meter-long crocodile was filmed near the same beach in January last year.
The crocodile sighted at Four Mile Beach is the fourth sighting on the beach in the past month
Witnesses said they saw the crocodile ‘brushing’ against the nets, prompting rescuers to get everyone out of the water.
Once the swimmers were out of the water, the rescuers then flew a drone over the beach in an attempt to find the saltwater crocodile, but failed.
Last year’s sighting of the crocodile was confirmed when rescue workers used a similar drone to identify the creature.
Today’s sighting was the fourth sighting in the past month along Four Mile Beach, according to the Department of Environment and Science.
It is also the 13th crocodile sighting in the last 30 days in the Douglas Shire, according to the DES.
Four Mile Beach remained closed for several hours before reopening to the public in the afternoon.
The Douglas Shire has sighted 13 crocodiles in the past 30 days