Two crocodiles — including a 4.1m monster — have been caught and will be necropsied as part of the search for a missing Queensland fisherman.
Kevin Darmody, 65, was fishing along Cape York’s Kennedy River in Lakefield on Saturday afternoon when he disappeared, feared taken by a croc.
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Police, SES and state environment department (DES) officers — along with a rescue helicopter — have been involved in the search for Darmody since then.
On Tuesday, police said two crocodiles measuring 4.1m and 2.8m have been caught upstream from where Darmody disappeared, and killed.
“QPS and DES will aim to conduct a necropsy on those animals this afternoon, after which police will prepare a report for the coroner,” police said.
“Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, problem crocodiles are removed from the wild.”
When Darmody went missing, nearby campers said they had heard a commotion.
Bystanders described Darmody being in distress after hearing a splash in the water near the Kennedy Bend campsite, authorities said.
Darmody owns the Peninsula Hotel in Laura, a small town on Cape York.
He has been described as an experienced fisherman who knows the risk of crocs.
“This happened to an extremely croc-aware person so stay away from the water’s edges and don’t take anything for granted,” one person posted on a local community Facebook page.
Other posts described Darmody as a “real character”, a “truly top bloke” and a “great man” who tells “the best yarns”.
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