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Tourists ignore crocodile warnings at infamously contaminated Cahill’s Crossing in Northern Territory

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Shocking video shows tourists ignoring crocodile warnings on banks of infamous contaminated river: ‘Someone is going to DIE’

  • Tourists flocked to crocodile-infested Cahill’s Crossing in the NT . on Friday
  • Images have surfaced of tourists standing on the river’s edge in an infamous spot
  • ABC presenter Leon Compton denounced the behaviour, ‘someone is dying’
  • Cahill’s Crossing, home to 120 crocodiles, is one of Australia’s most dangerous bodies of water

Tourists have been shelled after streaming to the edge of a crocodile-infested river to watch as predators lurk just meters away.

On Friday, images of huge crowds, including children, emerged at the infamous Cahill’s Crossing in the Northern Territory, many even dipping their toes into the water.

Up to 200 tourists hung unfazed along the banks of the river, leaving ABC Radio host Leon Compton stunned.

“Someone is dying, given the behavior I saw at the crossing yesterday – it’s only a matter of time,” Mr Compton, who visited the area, told the ABC.

‘Someone is dying’: Shocking images of tourists ignoring crocodile warnings in Kakadu

Serious security concerns have arisen after hordes of tourists have gathered around the banks of a crocodile-infested river in Kakadu National Park, where people have previously died. “Someone is dying,” said Leon Compton, who is vacationing in the Top End with his family. 📸 Leon Compton Full Story: Get more Darwin news here: Listen to ABC Radio Darwin here: https://bit.ly/DarwinRadioLive

Posted by ABC Darwin on Thursday 28 July 2022

Cahill’s Crossing (pictured) in Kakadu National Park is home to 120 crocodiles and some of the most dangerous waters in the country

The Kakadu National Park site has seen a tragedy in which a man was killed in 2017 when he tried to cross the dangerous area on foot (stock image)

The Kakadu National Park site has seen a tragedy in which a man was killed in 2017 when he tried to cross the dangerous area on foot (stock image)

The swampy area is a well-known place to see crocodiles in action, attracting thousands of tourists every year outside the wet season

The swampy area is a well-known place to see crocodiles in action, attracting thousands of tourists every year outside the wet season

Mr Compton said there should be a barricade on the site to give space between visitors and the crocodiles, but it was under construction.

Despite there being signs that the crossing was closed, he said many decided to head to the waterfront.

“It was so ridiculous. It would have been a stampede if a crocodile had shot out there,” he said.

The Kakadu National Park site has seen a tragedy in the past where a man was killed in 2017 when he tried to cross the dangerous area on foot.

In 1987, 40-year-old Kerry McLoughlin was beheaded after encountering a crocodile while fishing in the same area.

Last year, a group of tourists had to swim through crocodile-infested waters after their Subaru Forester got stuck in the river.

They had to leave their car and swim across the East Alligator River, which is notorious for being teeming with saltwater crocodiles.

A driver had to stop and wait for crocodiles to pass by (pictured) in the infamous Northern Territory site

A driver had to stop and wait for crocodiles to pass by (pictured) in the infamous Northern Territory site

In September 2019, a tourist found himself in a terrifying situation after his car was surrounded by more than 30 saltwater crocodiles.

The car had to come to a complete stop for more than two minutes and wait for the reptiles to clear the road.

Operations manager at Kimberley Off-Road Adventure Tours Lucy Periton told Daily Mail Australia at the time that it is not uncommon to see the reptiles all over the road.

Cahills Crossing is only a few meters wide but is known as one of Australia’s most dangerous bodies of water, home to around 120 crocodiles.

It attracts thousands of tourists every year outside the wet season.

Cars often make the dangerous crossing in Kakadu National Park (pictured), where five people have been killed

Cars often make the dangerous crossing in Kakadu National Park (pictured), where five people have been killed

WHAT CROSS CAHILLS?

The infamous Cahills Crossing is only a few meters wide, but bisects one of Australia’s most dangerous bodies of water.

Along with changing tides, the water current is strong enough to knock over vehicles and serves as a breeding ground for saltwater crocodiles.

Dozens of drivers attempt to cross the crossing underwater, but some are eventually washed away in crocodile-infested waters.

Many have lost their lives, including fishermen, children, photographers and backpackers.

Crocodile expert Grahame Webb said that for every crocodile you can see, there are 10 you can’t see.

The most famous fatal accident at the Crossing was in 1987 when 40-year-old Kerry McLoughlin was beheaded by a crocodile while on a fishing trip.

Rangers once counted 120 crocodiles in the four-mile stretch around Cahills Crossing.

There have been five fatalities in the area so far.

Sources: Venture North and news.com.au

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