Man bitten by crocodile in Cape York

Man bitten by crocodile in Cape York

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A man was bitten by a crocodile while fly fishing in Cape York. FILE PHOTO.

A man was bitten by a crocodile while fly fishing in Cape York. FILE PHOTO.

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A fisherman fought off a crocodile in Cape York then drove himself an hour to call for help in a lucky escape.

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A man fought off a crocodile in Cape York then drove himself an hour to call for help in a lucky escape.

According to the Queensland Ambulance Service, the 54-year-old man was fly fishing by himself at Captain Billy's Landing when the crocodile came up out of the water and grabbed him by the leg.

Superintendent of the Torres and Cape York local ambulance service Warren Martin said as the man was attempting to get the crocodile off, the reptile bit him again, this time on his right hand.

"The patient was able to attack the eyes of the crocodile enough so that the crocodile released his bite and the patient was able to get away from the area," he said.

The man then drove himself an hour home so he could contact emergency services.

A neighbour drove the victim south to Bramwell Station, where he was met by an ambulance officer and a Royal Flying Doctors Service plane.

He was flown to Cairns Hospital for further treatment for a leg injury and a serious injury to his hand.

Mr Martin said the man was extremely lucky to be alive and that his injuries weren't life-threatening.

"There wouldn't be too many people in Cape York that could say that they'd had an interaction with a crocodile like this and still be talking about it," he said.

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