An Australian man saves himself from a huge freshwater crocodile using his ‘good hand’

A man’s trek through a remote location in Australia ended with him fending off an attack by a ferocious freshwater crocodile and barely saving himself with the help of “his one good hand.”

The 40-year-old man, who was not identified by authorities, was on a motorcycle tour and had gone for a swim in Adels Grove, about 10km from Lawn Hill National Park in northwest Queensland, on Sunday when he was attacked by the reptile

The man had swum behind a waterfall, where the 2- to 3-meter-long crocodile emerged and latched onto his arm, said Brad Hardy, Queensland Ambulance Service North West District Superintendent.

The man struggled to free himself with his other hand, freeing himself from the animal’s grip after sustaining “significant injuries,” Greig Allan, an aircrew officer with the aeromedical organization RACQ Lifeflight Rescue, told 9News. The man was later airlifted to hospital.

“As you can imagine, a six-foot, three-foot crocodile grabbing your arm is going to create some pretty significant injuries, which is what I had,” he said.

Allan said the man was lucky to have escaped with his life.

“He was trying to get into a waterfall and didn’t see the crocodile. So when she reached in, the crocodile startled and latched onto her arm,” she added.

“He had lacerations to his arm and he managed to free himself, which is just amazing, with his one good hand, but in doing so he created a lot of other injuries, puncture wounds to both hands.”

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

Allan said members of his group gave the man first aid to stop the bleeding.

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

“When the crocodile left, he got another little bite on his leg, just for good measure.”

Hardy said the area has a large population of freshwater crocodiles, but they don’t normally pose a threat unless scared by humans.

“Normally they are quite shy, but when they are surprised they become aggressive,” he said.

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

“What happens is that if people get to a certain place where the crocodile is behind the waterfall, they get stuck behind it because they don’t want to get out,” he said.

He explained that one must make a lot of noise to scare them before going into the water.

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