“Brave” man fights off crocodile in terrifying attack

A man is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a crocodile in Cairns this afternoon.

The 44-year-old was bitten on the head by the reptile while swimming at Lake Placid in Caravonica around 12.45pm.

He suffered puncture wounds to his head, shoulder, face and hand, but has thankfully been taken to Cairns Hospital in a stable condition.


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Critical Care Paramedic Paul Sweeney said the “fit” man was very lucky to have escaped without more serious injuries.

“The man put his hands into the crocodile’s jaws to prise them off his head, and when he did so and let go, the jaw snapped shut onto his left forefinger,” Mr Sweeney said.

“Thankfully it wasn’t severed, but he did have another puncture wound to his finger… There was minimal blood loss, all his vital signs were good, he’s a fit individual as I said, and he was very grateful that it was not as serious as it could have been.

“Had the crocodile bitten into his throat and neck, where the major blood vessels are, then it could have been a fatality… so he’s a very lucky man because it could have been significantly worse”.

Mr Sweeney said after manging to free himself from the jaws of the crocodile, the man immediately swam back to the bank where he was able to drag himself out of the water.

“He was concerned making that swim, whether the animal would come up and attack him again, but thankfully it didn’t and he was able to leave the river and get help.

“He’s quite a robust individual, who insisted that he would be back swimming there soon, so a braver man than I,” Mr Sweeney said.

Queensland Environment has confirmed that a wildlife team is currently on their way to the site of the attack, where they will undertake a search for the crocodile believed to have been responsible.

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Don’t think I would swim at a place called Lake Placid