A man is lucky to be alive after he was bitten several times by a crocodile in a terrifying attack in Far North Queensland.
The attack happened at Archer Point near Cooktown just before 1pm on Saturday, with the man, aged in his 40s, suffering lacerations to his head, shoulder and leg.
During the terrifying attack, the man, who was spearfishing at the time, resorted to sticking his fingers in the crocodile's eyes to escape, Queensland Ambulance critical care flight paramedic Valerie Noble said, the Courier Mail reported.
“He has been in the water where he’s noticed approximately a 4.5m crocodile swimming towards him which he has tried to fend off with his spear gun unsuccessfully,” Noble revealed.
She said he eventually managed to escape and swam off, before scaling some rocks and flagging his friends for help.
“He’s an extremely lucky man, not many people would live to tell a story like that.”
The man sustained several puncture wounds and multiple fractures. He was airlifted by a Queensland Ambulance helicopter to Cairns Hospital in a stable condition. Video obtained by the Courier Mail shows the man arriving at the hospital, wincing in pain.
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