Australian woman believed to be taken by crocodile during her late night swim

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Australian Woman Believed To Be Taken By Crocodile During Her Late Night Swim

In recent decades, the crocodile population in northern Australia has grown significantly, and the reptiles pose serious threats to all who venture near them, according to Sky News.

ABC News is reporting that a woman who went for a late night swim at Queensland's Thornton Beach on Sunday was carried off by one of the creatures and remains missing.

According to a friend who was at her side at the time, the two of them felt a "nudge," in the waist-deep water, and, within moments, 46-year-old Cindy Waldron was dragged away, notes BuzzFeed News.

Queensland State Police Senior Constable Russell Parker said that the victim "screamed out" and her friend "attempted to drag her out of the water and get her back onto the beach but unfortunately she wasn't able to do so."

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Australian woman believed to be taken by crocodile during her late night swim
Hungry crocodiles in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
An armed worker looks inside a tank holding baby crocodiles at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Crocodiles climb a mud bank toward workers, at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the Rosenthal family were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A hungry crocodile chews a branch fallen from a tree in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Crocodiles float in the water at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Workers unload raw chicken to be fed to crocodiles at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A worker holds a young crocodile at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Hungry crocodiles in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A crocodile opens its mouth as it lies on a mud bank at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A crocodile in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Hungry crocodiles in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Joche, a crocodile which worker Antonio Mejia said was 118-years-old, lies at water's edge, on a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Starving lions in a private crocodile farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A starving lion in a private crocodile farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Crocodiles climb a mud bank toward workers, at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A crocodile swims at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
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The friend was found with a graze on her arm thought to be from the crocodile. She was reportedly stable, but otherwise "but obviously extremely traumatized by the event."

Warren Entsch, an area politician, acknowledged the incident is a tragedy but also commented, "there are signs there saying watch out for the...crocodiles... You can't legislate against human stupidity. If you go in swimming at 10 o' clock at night, you're going to get consumed."

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