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Fisherman fights off crocodile then drives more than an hour to get help

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 11.11.2019 05:28:46 9News Staff
The man, in his 50s, suffered major hand and leg injuries in the attack at Shelburne near the tip of Cape York Peninsula. © AAP ImagesThe man, in his 50s, suffered major hand and leg injuries in the attack at Shelburne near the tip of Cape York Peninsula.

An off-duty ranger who was mauled by a crocodile in a remote part of Queensland fought off the beast and drove more than an hour home to call an ambulance.

The man, in his 50s, was attacked in the Shelburne area near the tip of Cape York Peninsula while fishing about 5pm yesterday.

The reptile bit his leg before taking hold of his hand, but he was able to fight it off by poking it in the eye.

Despite serious injuries, the man then drove himself more than an hour back to his home to call the ambulance.

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A neighbour then drove him a further hour to a station where he was met by a paramedic and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

He was then flown to Cairns hospital in a serious condition, the ambulance service said.

A hospital spokeswoman said the victim is now in a stable condition.

Captain Billy's Landing within Heathlands Resources Reserve has been closed while the Department of Environment and Science investigates the incident.

11. marraskuuta 2019 7:28:46 Categories: 9News.com.au Daily Intelligencer

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