Tara Hawkes, 23, was in shallow water near the vessel True North at Dugong Bay in the Kimberley region in Western Australia when the two-metre crocodile bit her upper leg. She was flown by helicopter to the nearest hospital and treated for lacerations and puncture wounds. Peter Trembath of North Star Cruises, the vessel’s operator, said the attack happened at a freshwater pool in only waist-deep water. ‘Crew members checked the pool before entering the water. However, they did not detect the crocodile’ he said, adding that Hawkes worked as a crew member on the boat.