Four-metre crocodile closes Four Mile Beach
At approximately 2:30pm yesterday a member of the public reported a sighting to the Department of Environment and Science.
Surf Life Saving Australia was notified immediately and the lifesaver on duty mobilised protocol to close the beach and remove swimmers from the water.
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Witnesses told Newsport that a group of tourists followed the crocodile around the headland from Rex Smeal Park, Dickson Inlet.
It was reported that the croc, estimated at this stage to be 4m, appeared within 50m of the beach at the north end and proceeded to swim south along Four Mile Beach.
Surf Life Saving Club North Queensland regional manager, Rob Davidson, confirmed the crocodile swam south along Four Mile beach and was tracked by the SLS drone.
Footage of the crocodile will be used to identify the crocodile and may not be released.
Keep updated with the Beachcam for all conditions on Four Mile Beach.
Mr Davidson said it was important for members of the community, tourists and residents alike to report first sightings immediately with the DES 1300 number to help mobilise the necessary protocols to keep everyone safe. The number is 1300 130 372
The beach was opened this morning. Protocol follows that the beach be closed for four hours after the last sighting of a crocodile.
At 3.44pm yesterday Douglas Shire Council posted on their Facebook page a CROC SIGHTING and advised that Four Mile Beach was closed after a confirmed crocodile sighting.
They also said beach goers are urged to follow the advice of lifeguards. Signs were also erected of a “recent crocodile sighting in the area”.
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