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Boy feared taken by crocodile in Australia

Published on Dec 1, 2012 5:28 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Police were on Saturday searching for a 12-year-old boy believed to have been taken by a crocodile while swimming in northern Australia.

The boy was attacked as he swam with a group of people at Port Bradshaw, 80 kilometres south of the town of Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory, police said.

"Initial reports suggest adults within in the group tried to save the boy by spearing the animal, but the crocodile dragged the child out to deeper water," police Superintendent Michael White said in a statement.

"Officers from Nhulunbuy Police Station are currently at the scene of the attack and searching for the boy and the crocodile."

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