News

More confirmed croc sightings at Boathaven Bay

Whitsunday residents Pete Collingwood and Suzanne Crabtree have seen a crocodile at Boathaven Bay on two separate occasions, one of which involved accidentally hooking the reptile on the end of their fishing line.
Whitsunday residents Pete Collingwood and Suzanne Crabtree have seen a crocodile at Boathaven Bay on two separate occasions, one of which involved accidentally hooking the reptile on the end of their fishing line.

THE story in last week's Whitsunday Times about a crocodile sighting in Boathaven Bay has prompted more Whitsunday residents to come forward with their own accounts.

Suzanne Crabtree says she saw a saltwater crocodile in the same location at about 10.30pm almost eight months ago.

Ms Crabtree, her partner Pete Collingwood and his son Lachlan, were fishing off the rock wall near the car park at The Beacons when Mr Collingwood actually hooked a crocodile.

Ms Crabtree said they had a thick hand line out, baited with a big pilchard about 1.5 metres under the surface and a balloon attached to the line as a float.

"Lachlan and I were sitting there looking out towards the balloon [and] we saw it [the crocodile] rise to just under the top of the water, about half-a-metre away from our balloon," she said.

"I jumped up in a panic, not sure what to do [and the] next minute our balloon and line started to drift off."

Ms Crabtree said her partner started pulling the line in but as soon as she tried to help the crocodile resisted, flinging its tail out of the water and snapping the line, which rebounded, hitting Mr Collingwood in the face.

The family saw no more of the crocodile that night, but about four months later, Mr Collingwood said he caught another glimpse, this time in broad daylight at about 11.30am.

Mr Collingwood and Ms Crabtree say far from scaremongering they just want people to be crocodile aware.

"We've tried to tell people, but no-one really believes you," Mr Collingwood said.

"We just want people to be careful, that's all."

Ms Crabtree said the family still continued to fish "but from the top of the rocks".

"We don't go down to the water," she said.

Topics:  crocodile, sightings


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Tug boat company offers condolences after fatal capsize

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to rescue a group of people after their boat capsized off Bowen on Wednesday. Photo: Bowen Independent

Svitzer Tugs has offered their condolences after Wednesday's capsize

Paddling to save reef

WHAT A SPLASH: Richard Price and Jimmy Barnes having a fun time kayaking for the Paddle from Airlie to Hayman fundraiser. Photo contributed.

Paddling to save reef

One person in hospital after two vehicle crash

Ambulance with lights on Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury

One person taken to hospital after a collision in Proserpine

Latest deals and offers

Maritime Safety investigating Bowen vessel capsize

THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will investigate the fatal Bowen boat capsize.

Tug boat company offers condolences after fatal capsize

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to rescue a group of people after their boat capsized off Bowen on Wednesday. Photo: Bowen Independent

Svitzer Tugs has offered their condolences after Wednesday's capsize

Paddling to save reef

WHAT A SPLASH: Richard Price and Jimmy Barnes having a fun time kayaking for the Paddle from Airlie to Hayman fundraiser. Photo contributed.

Paddling to save reef

Whitsunday council goes for experience in its new CEO

WELCOMED: Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox with newly appointed CEO of the Whitsunday Regional Council Barry Omundson at a special meeting held at Bowen Council Chambers this morning. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.

Barry Omundson is the new CEO of Whitsunday Regional Council

One person in hospital after two vehicle crash

Ambulance with lights on Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury

One person taken to hospital after a collision in Proserpine

Cool cars to cruise Airlie foreshore

GREEN MACHINE: Whitsunday Cruisin Car Club president Chris Coyte with his pride and joy at last year’s Cruisin’ Whitsunday.

Cool cars to cruise Airlie foreshore

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked