Cindy Waldron
Cindy Waldron

Croc attack victim's parents: 'Our darling girl is gone'

The parents of a New Zealander grabbed by a crocodile in Australia have spoken of their pain as authorities continue to search for the missing woman.

Cindy Waldron, 46, had been swimming with her childhood friend Leeann Mitchell, 47, at Thornton Beach, in the Daintree Rainforest about 10pm Sunday when she was snatched.

Ms Mitchell was last night being treated for shock in an Australian hospital. Ms Waldron remains missing.

Parents Pat and Heather Waldron were still coming to terms with the news from their Tauranga home this morning.

They and Ms Waldron's sister have been trying to arrange flights to take them to Queensland but have so far not found anything before Thursday.

"There's nothing we can do as such but we need to be there on the ground to show that we are there, that we care. Our darling girl is gone," Mr Waldron said.

"We are pretty upset. Everybody knows about it. It's everywhere."

Mr Waldron said his wife Heather who is president of the Tauranga RSA was well known and there had been an incredible show of support from the community.

"Our house was filled with people yesterday but we were too stunned to think 'what's our next move'."

Mr Waldron said Cindy's friend who was with her when she was attacked managed to contact Cindy's former boyfriend to tell the Waldron family what had happened.

"It was a hell of a shock," Mr Waldron said.

"Then we tried to get a hold of the police but couldn't get a hold of them until quite a bit later. We've had to chase the cops a bit, they haven't been quick in responding."

Mr Waldron said Cindy even as an adult would call him 'daddy'.

He said his daughter had been living in Australia for about 26 years "but she's still a Kiwi".

He said he told Cindy she would need to either come home or get Australian citizenship because when she got to 65, she could miss out on getting a pension.

"Now she won't even get to that age," Mr Waldron said.

"It's absolutely awful."

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