Saturday 21 September 2019

British tourist in lucky escape from crocodile attack at Australian river

Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to 17ft long
Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to 17ft long

A British woman had a lucky escape when a crocodile attacked some tourists as they filmed by a river in Queensland, Australia.

Mobile phone footage posted on social media shows a fish splashing about at the water's edge before the crocodile, described by the authorities as between 6ft-8ft long, suddenly appears in shot and laughter turns to screams.

The tourist suffered a bite wound to her leg but was discharged from Mossman hospital near Cairns after receiving treatment.

The short clip was posted on Facebook along with a picture of cuts and blood on a woman's thigh.

Queensland's Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) said the tourist was bitten by a saltwater crocodile while she was standing on a creek bank in Cape Tribulation.

It also renewed warnings to people to be aware of the dangers from saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 17ft long, and to obey warning signs and stand back from the water's edge.

The crocodiles, known locally as "salties", are the world's largest living reptile species and lie in wait submerged in water before pouncing on their prey at speed, clamping them in their powerful jaws then dragging them into the water.

They are responsible for around 2.3 attacks per year on humans in Australia, of which 0.6 are fatal, according to Charles Darwin University's CrocBITE worldwide crocodilian attack database.

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