Queensland Police confirm missing boy, 16, was killed by a crocodile at Saibai Island in Torres Strait waters


The body of a 16-year-old boy who was missing in Torres Strait waters has been found after he was attacked by a crocodile while trying to swim to shore.

Queensland Police had confirmed the teen’s body was found at Saibai Island on Thursday afternoon.

While formal identification is underway, it’s believed the body is of the 16-year-old who was reported missing after the boy and another teen, aged 13, tried to swim to Saibai Island after their dinghy broke down at about 4am on Thursday.

On Friday, police confirmed the boy’s injuries were consistent with a crocodile attack.

The crocodile involved is estimated to be around 3.5 metres in length.

Further testing is underway to confirm the cause of death.

The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) is assisting with the investigation.

DESI confirmed the local community has requested the crocodile involved in the incident be removed from the wild.

“Wildlife officers will survey the waters off Saibai Island by helicopter this afternoon in an attempt to locate the crocodile involved,” DESI stated.

More to come.

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