Wildlife tour operator survives ‘jumping crocodile’ attack in Australia

An Australian wildlife tour operator said he was lucky to escape more serious injuries, even death, when a crocodile rushed out of a river and shook hands with him. jaws.

Sean Dearly was attacked Monday on the Adelaide River, famous for its “jumping crocodiles” – large crocodiles that rise vertically from the water to tear off chicken carcasses suspended from long poles stretched out from tourist cruise ships.

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A saltwater crocodile jumps high out of the water to break a piece of meat on the Adelaide River 35 miles from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia on October 15, 2005.

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Dearly, 60, spoke on Wednesday about meeting a young 2.2-meter (7-foot) crocodile.

“I feel good. My arm hurts a bit, sure, but yeah, I survived it,” he said. told Nine Network television.

Dearly had her right hand and forearm in a cast, but did not detail her injuries. He had undergone surgery to repair a severed tendon in his hand, the Northern Territory News reported.

Dearly said he told the 18 tourists on his Monday cruise to keep their entire bodies inside the boat at all times for safety reasons.

He then did the opposite when he decided to retrieve a pole he had dropped overboard.

He was about to grab the pole and “immediately something hit me,” Dearly said.

The crocodile hung on his arm as he stepped back.

“I picked up a crocodile and left, ‘My god, what have I got here? And I’m like, ‘What are we going to do about this? It’s hanging from my arm, ”Dearly said.

Dearly said he hoped the crocodile didn’t twist its body, which could have caused more severe heartbreaking injuries and potentially drag it overboard.

“If it got out of hand, it would’ve caused me a bit of grief,” Dearly said.

“He went for another bite and he actually released his hold and I just pulled my arm out as soon as he released. So I was lucky he fell back into the water,” he added.

An ambulance was called to the scene but Dearly had already left by car for the hour-long journey to the nearest hospital in Palmerston, near Darwin.

“If this had been one of our bigger crocodiles, we have Brutus and the Dominator up the river massive animals,” Dearly said, referring to the Adelaide River’s fangs which are 5.5 meters tall, respectively. (18 feet) and 6 meters (20 feet). feet) long.