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Australian officials hunt crocodile after human remains found near missing fisherman’s boat | Crocodiles

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Human remains have been found during a search for a missing fisherman on a tropical Queensland island, as the hunt for a killer crocodile continues.

Police, SES and wildlife officers have been searching for the missing 69-year-old since he went fishing in a creek on Hinchinbrook Island about 3pm on Thursday.

The man was due back after an hour but failed to return and could not be contacted by radio, prompting his wife to call police.

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Wildlife officers are hunting for a crocodile believed responsible for the death of a fisherman on Hinchinbrook Island. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

His boat was found on Friday morning damaged and upside down in Gayundah Creek on the south-western side of the island, located between Cairns and Townsville.

The damage to the boat indicated it was “highly likely” a crocodile was involved, the Department of Environment and Science said on Friday.

Human remains were found in the area by wildlife officers on Friday night, the DES and Queensland police confirmed in a statement.

“At this stage, police believe the remains are those of the missing man, however forensic testing will be required to confirm this,” it said.

The search for more remains continues, as does wildlife officers’ hunt for the crocodile believed responsible.

“The search is focusing on coastlines and creeks, however we are also looking at searches through the water as well,” Queensland police inspector Andrew Cowie said.

“We’re going to continue searching until we have gotten expert evidence to indicate that’s not viable or we find him. As long as there’s a chance that he is alive the search will continue.”

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