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Fisherman survives crocodile attack in Oz

A French fisherman was bloodied but back on his fishing boat, just hours after he escaped from the jaws of a young saltwater crocodile which attacked him while swimming along a remote stretch of Australia's northern coast.

Yoann Galeran (29) right, said he was swimming from shore to a dinghy about 15 metres away on Sunday night when a crocodile between two metres and 2.5 metres long clamped down on his head and neck and attempted to drown him in a manoeuvre known as a death roll.

"It went straight away to the top of my head and, diving under the water, he tried to do that spinning thing," Mr Galeran said, referring to the drowning manoeuvre.

"It was going so fast – everything happened in less than five seconds and then I fell free," he added.

"I'm very lucky," Mr Galeran said.

"If it was a bit bigger crocodile, I wouldn't be talking to you now," he said.

Yesterday, Northern Territory government rangers set a trap to catch the crocodile at the site of the attack.

Irish Independent