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Croc victim did a crazy thing, father says

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/06/2016 By Tracey Ferrier

Police and SES had been scouring the incoming and receding tide lines but no trace of Ms Waldron had been found. © Cindy Waldron/Facebook Police and SES had been scouring the incoming and receding tide lines but no trace of Ms Waldron had been found. The grieving father of Cindy Waldron says his impulsive, fun-loving daughter would have understood the dangers of taking a dip in Queensland's croc country.

Ms Waldron's parents and sister have flown in from New Zealand to observe the grim search for her remains after a croc snatched her at a beach in the Daintree National Park on Sunday.

Pat Waldron says there's no way his daughter was ignorant about the risks of going into the water late at night.

"There's signs everywhere - don't go swimming with the crocodiles," he has told the ABC.

"She'd do crazy things. And what she did there is a crazy thing, absolutely.

"What a horrible way to end. She didn't deserve that."

Sister Anna-Lee Annett said the women were wading when the croc struck, but police have said they were swimming in waist-deep water.

"She doesn't swim in the ocean," Ms Annett told reporters in Cairns.

"They were just wading and then something like this happens. It gives me nightmares to think about it really."

Ms Waldron wrote a Facebook post just two hours before she was dragged under water, despite the efforts of her friend Leeann Mitchell to pull her from the croc's jaws.

"I'm on the beach, it's a lovely place, I'm having a ball," she wrote.

Her father said he could picture the two women enjoying the moments that led up to the attack, possibly running down the beach after a few drinks.

An exhaustive search of Thornton Beach and nearby waterways has failed to find any trace of the NSW-based photographer.

The attack has reignited debate about how best to manage the threats posed by crocodiles, with the Queensland government admitting it doesn't know if croc numbers are rising or falling in parts of the state.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles says new funding will allow for comprehensive population surveys from Cape York south to Gladstone over the next three years.

"We don't know with enough scientific accuracy if crocodile numbers are increasing or decreasing in some river systems and in light of a suspected crocodile attack in the Daintree we need to know," he said on Wednesday.

Federal north Queensland MP Bob Katter says croc numbers have hit unprecedented levels in some areas and has called for croc shooting safaris to keep populations in check.

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