WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES: A man has been left with deep, bleeding puncture wounds in his leg after being attacked by a crocodile while walking at a remote outback campsite.
Kyle Hutchinson was hanging out with friends at Buttons Crossing in the WA Kimberley when he regrettably stepped into a deep puddle, only to feel a piercing pain, 9News reports.
Having been bitten on the leg by the saltie – believed to be 1.5 metres long – Mr Hutchinson sustained six wounds near his knee while trying to fight off the animal.
After bystanders performed first aid, he was rushed to Kununurra District Hospital, where doctors announced the lucky news that the crocodile managed to miss vital tendons and arteries in Mr Hutchinson's leg, 9News reported.
Despite the terrifying encounter, the man was able to make his way to the local pub with friends just two hours after — most likely to celebrate that he was alive and well.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife in WA is investigating the incident, and also encouraging people to report any attacks.
Advice about crocodiles when swimming and camping
The NT has the most saltwater crocodiles, followed by WA and Queensland, according to the territory's government.
As part of a new education program by the NT Government called Crocwise, people are encouraged to always read warning signs and be aware that crocodiles can remain under water for long periods of time.
They are also urged to look out for crocodiles especially during their breeding season from November to April, as they will become more aggressive trying to defend their territory.
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