Crocodile attack reported in Northern Territory

A woman has been attacked by a crocodile in remote Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory

A woman has been attacked by a crocodile in remote Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

NT Worksafe confirmed the victim is a female Aboriginal ranger and she was taken by the crocodile.

Police found her body about 5pm less than a mile from the scene.

EARLIER: A woman is missing from a remote community in East Arnhem Land with unconfirmed reports that she may have been attacked by a crocodile.

"Any death is traumatic, our thoughts are with family and relatives", Police Commander Tony Fuller told reporters.

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The crocodile was destroyed by local Indigenous rangers and the woman's body was recovered.

"They heard some splashing".

The woman was an employee of the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, which supports indigenous communities across the East Arnhem region and runs the Yirralka Rangers program.

"NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the incident", it said in a statement.

Saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded since they were declared a protected species in 1971, with recent attacks reigniting debate about controlling them. A 47-year-old man was taken by a crocodile and killed while attempting to cross Cahills Crossing.

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