Police search for swimmer suspected to have been snatched by crocodile in Australian river

Police are searching a northern Australian river for a 24-year-old man suspected to have been snatched by a crocodile while swimming with a friend.

Police Senior Sergeant Peter Lindfield says police received reports Saturday afternoon that the man had been attacked by a crocodile while he swam at Mary River, an Outback tourist destination 110 kilometers (70 miles) southeast of the Northern Territory capital Darwin.

Mary River Wilderness Retreat employee Erin Bayard says the missing man and his friend had ignored warnings not to go in the water.

Bayard told News Corp. Australia websites the river has one of the largest crocodile populations in tropical Australia.