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Search fails to find evidence of crocodile at beach

Sydney tourists Maya Mitchell, 5, and her dad Derek Mitchell are unfazed by a croc sighting at Urangan beach.
Sydney tourists Maya Mitchell, 5, and her dad Derek Mitchell are unfazed by a croc sighting at Urangan beach. Brendan Bufi

WARNING signs are still in place after a search of the water off Urangan failed to find evidence of a reported crocodile.

The search then moved to the Mary River on Tuesday.

Members of the public are still being urged to report any sightings of a crocodile in Hervey Bay beach areas.

Fishermen told authorities they believed they saw a large crocodile near the Waterfront Restaurant on Sunday morning.

Signs were placed in the area warning a crocodile may be nearby.

Unfortunately Sydney tourists Derek Mitchell and his daughters, Maya and Elsa missed the warnings and went swimming near where the suspected sightings were.

A Chronicle photographer relayed the message to the visitors.

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection representative said two surveys, on Monday afternoon and evening, did not confirm the presence of a crocodile off Urangan Beach.

EHP looks into all reports and wants the public to phone through any crocodile sightings on 1300 130 372.

Temporary signs erected after recent croc sighting. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Temporary signs erected after recent croc sighting. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle Brendan Bufi

Topics:  crocodile, hervey bay, urangan



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