CROCODILE GRABS AND KILLS MAN IN FISHING BOAT
(P2) Bill Scott was GRABBED by a saltwater crocodile while fishing in Kakadu National Park in June last year.
(P3) It is thought to be the first time a crocodile has been BOLD enough to attack and kill a human in a boat.
(P6) The last thing Tran’s wife, Thi Ban Le, heard her husband say was: “Oh my God, I’m dead.”
(P7) Tran, a farmer, liked to go out along the crocodile-INFESTED river with his wife. He thought it was safe and had not seen any crocodiles that day.
(P8) Coroner Greg Cavanagh said while there was no sign warning of hidden crocodiles in that part of the river at the time, he was not sure it would have made a difference.
(P9) “Ms Le didn’t think so. She said, ‘Despite all the warning, no one can expect that there will be a crocodile [under the water],’” Cavanagh said.
(P10) Cavanagh also said the CIRCUMSTANCES of the two deaths suggest a warning would probably be “missed, forgotten, or ignored”.
(P11) The Northern Territory government said it will act on the coroner’s findings.
(P12) “Fishing is the LURE of the Territory … and we will do as much as we can to help prevent another life being tragically taken by a crocodile,” the Parks and Wildlife Commission’s chief executive Andrew Bridges said.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- What do you think is the scariest animal?
- Have you ever gone fishing? Did you fish on a river, a lake, or an ocean?
- Coroners work with dead bodies. Do you think you could do that?
- Are you extremely SAFETY-CONSCIOUS?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.