The 62-year-old man was apparently attacked by the crocodile at South Alligator River at the end of last week.

He was fishing with his wife, son and daughter-in-law when the attack occurred, but they were unable to save him. As mobile phone signal was poor, the man’s wife and daugher-in-law had to drive for two hours to let the police know about the attack.

Police and park rangers searched the area and shot two large crocodiles found about a mile from where the man was last seen. One of the crocs, which was over 15ft long, had human remains in its digestive tract.

Police have not released the victim’s name.

The Northern Territory Police Force’s Facebook page has said that a report will now be prepared for the coroner.

Commander Bruce Porter of the Northern Command said, “This is a tragic event and our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time.”

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