Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven meters long and weigh more than a ton, are common in the vast Australian continent’s tropical north. (AFP)
Updated 16 November 2019

Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

  • Wildlife ranger Craig Dickmann made a split-second decision to go fishing in a remote part of Northern Australia known as ‘croc country.’
  • ‘That noise will haunt me forever I think, the sound of the snap of its jaws’

CAIRNS, Australia: An Australian wildlife ranger has recounted his terrifying escape from the clutches of a “particularly cunning” crocodile, after wrestling with the reptile and sticking a finger in its eye.
Craig Dickmann, who made a split-second decision to go fishing last Sunday in a remote part of Northern Australia known as “croc country” last Sunday, said a 2.8-meter (nine-foot) crocodile came up from behind him as he was leaving the beach.
“As I’ve turned to go, the first thing I see is its head just come at me,” he told reporters on Friday from his hospital bed in the town of Cairns in Queensland state.
Dickmann said the animal latched on to his thigh.
“That noise will haunt me forever I think, the sound of the snap of its jaws,” he said.
The 54-year-old said he wrestled with the croc on the remote beach as it tried to drag him into the water.
Dickmann stuck his thumb into its eye, saying it was the only “soft spot” he found on the “bullet-proof” animal.
“Their eyes retract a fair way and when you go down far enough you can feel bone so I pushed as far as I possibly could and then it let go at that point,” Dickmann said.
After a few minutes, he said he managed to get on top of the croc and pin its jaws shut.
“And then, I think both the croc and I had a moment where we’re going, ‘well, what do we do now?’”
Dickmann said he then pushed the croc away from him and it slid back into the water.
The ranger had skin ripped from his hands and legs in the ordeal and drove more than 45 minutes back to his home before calling emergency services.
It was then another hour in the car to meet the Royal Flying Doctors Service who flew him to Cairns Hospital, where he is recovering from the ordeal.
“This croc was particularly cunning and particularly devious,” he said.
Queensland’s department of environment this week euthanized the animal.
“The area is known croc country and people in the area are reminded to always be crocwise,” the department said in a statement.
Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven meters long and weigh more than a ton, are common in the vast continent’s tropical north.
Their numbers have exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with attacks on humans rare.
According to the state government, the last non-fatal attack was in January 2018 in the Torres Strait while the last death was in October 2017 in Port Douglas.


TWITTER POLL: More than 50% say Qatar relations with Israel either already sealed or about to be

Updated 17 September 2020

TWITTER POLL: More than 50% say Qatar relations with Israel either already sealed or about to be

  • More than 44% don't believe Qatar will normlize relations with Israel
  • This week saw the signing of the Abraham Accords with the UAE, Bahrain and Israel

DUBAI: More than half of 1,207 respondents to an Arab News Twitter poll said they believed Qatar either would be the next country to normalize ties with Israel – or had already done this.

The poll followed the signing of the Abraham Accord by the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, on the South Lawn of the White House, with US President Donald Trump taking center stage as the host and broker of the deal.

The normalizing of relations has already led to a suspension of further settlements in Palestine and the creation of various highly lucrative business deals.

The Twitter poll found that 44.1 percent of respondents did not believe that Qatar would be the next to normalize relations.

But 33 percent said they did, while a further 22.9 percent said they believed the normalizing of relations between Israel and Qatar had already happened.