Australian saves himself from giant freshwater crocodile with ‘a good hand’

A man’s tour in a remote location in Australia ended with him fending off an attack by a vicious freshwater crocodile, only using “his good hand” to save himself.

The 40-year-old, who was not identified by officers, was on a motorcycle tour and swimming at Adels Grove, about 10km from Lawn Hill National Park in northwest Queensland, on Sunday when he was attacked by the reptile .

The man swam behind a waterfall where the six-foot-tall crocodile emerged and latched onto his arm, said Brad Hardy, superintendent of the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Northwest District.

The man wrestled his other hand free and freed himself from the animal’s grip after suffering “significant injuries,” Greig Allan, a flight crew officer with aeromedical organization RACQ Lifeflight Rescue, told 9News. The man was later flown to the hospital.

“As you can imagine, a two to three meter long crocodile that grabs you by the arm is going to cause some pretty significant injuries that he’s had,” he said.

Mr Allan said the man was lucky to escape with his life.

“He tried to throw himself into a waterfall and didn’t see the crocodile. When he reached in, the crocodile was startled and clung to his arm,” he added.

“He had lacerations on his arm and he managed to free himself with one good hand, which is just amazing, but in the process caused a whole bunch of other injuries, stab wounds on both hands.”

The rescue helicopter was called to the national park around 2pm after the motorcycle crew he was with at the time drove the man to a nearby airstrip.

Mr Allan said the man was given first aid by members of his group to stop the bleeding.

“He was in great pain and the puncture wounds from the crocodile’s teeth were very deep,” he said.

“As the crocodile left, it nibbled its leg again, just to be sure.”

Mr Hardy said the area has a large population of freshwater crocodiles, but they don’t usually pose a threat unless startled by people.

“They’re usually quite shy, but if surprised, they’ll get aggressive,” he said.

Michelle Lomo, a former owner of the Adels Grove property, which is a popular tourist destination, said freshwater crocodiles generally “keep to themselves” but can become aggressive if they feel threatened.

“When people get to a certain place where the crocodile is behind the waterfall, they get stuck there because they don’t want to get out,” she said.

She explained that one should make a lot of noise to scare them away before entering the water. Australian saves himself from giant freshwater crocodile with ‘a good hand’

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