20 Feb '11, 8am

A crocodile was feared to have snatched a teenager as he swam with his brothers in a remote northern Australian creek.

SYDNEY - A CROCODILE was feared to have snatched a teenage boy as he swam with his brothers in a remote northern Australian creek on Sunday, police said. The 14-year-old was playing in a waterhole on the far-flung Arafura Sea island of Milingimbi when he was attacked just after 11.30am (1230 GMT Saturday, 8.30 am S'pore time), witnesses told police. Milingimbi forms part of the Crocodile island group. 'Members of the Milingimbi community began searching the creek and surrounding area for the boy, but as yet there has been no sign of him,' police said. '(He) appears to have been taken by a crocodile.' An average of two people are killed each year in Australia by saltwater crocodiles, known locally as 'salties', which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne. The last fatal attack took place in April 2009, when a 20-year-old man was savaged while trying t...

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