Fisherman, 60, fights off crocodile by STABBING it in the head

Fearless fisherman, 60, fights off crocodile by STABBING it in the head with a pocket knife as the beast dragged him by the leg into a river

  • Incident was on private property near Hope Vale in Queensland on November 3
  • Man, 60, was dragged into the water by a hungry crocodile when he was fishing
  • He cheated death after managing to stab the feared reptile with his pocket knife

A fisherman is lucky to be alive after he desperately stabbed a saltwater crocodile in the head as it dragged him into a river.

The man, 60, was fishing on his property on the banks of a remote part of the McIvor River, near Hope Vale in Queensland on November 3, when he was attacked.

After noticing a bull near where he wanted to throw in a line, he shooed the animal away – but he was knocked over by the ravenous croc seconds later. 

A fisherman is lucky to be alive after a saltwater crocodile dragged him into a river in Queensland recently (stock image pictured)

Desperate to escape certain death, the man used his pocket knife to repeatedly stab the croc in the head as he was dragged into the river (stock image)

The incident unfolded on a private property on a remote part of the McIvor River, near Hope Vale in Queensland (pictured in red)

In horrifying scenes, the reptile then started dragging the man down the bank by his leg and into the river.

The man managed to grab a mangrove tree branch in an attempt to fend off the beast as he was pulled towards the water.

He then frantically used his pocket knife to stab the crocodile repeatedly in the head.

After cheating death, the man scrambled to safety when the reptile released its vice-like grip.

The injured man then drove himself to Cooktown Hospital, before he was flown to Cairns for further treatment. 

A Cairns Hospital spokesman said the man remains in a stable condition.

Hope Vale Mayor Jason Woibo said the man ‘was just really lucky.’

‘They (crocodiles) do not see Frank or Bob…. they see rump steak,’ he said.

‘Just because there are no signs does not mean there are no crocs nearby.’ 

Experts from the Department of Environment and Science believe the crocodile was attracted to remote area by the bull. 

Tips to stay croc-wise in Australia:

  • Just because you can’t see a crocodile, doesn’t mean there isn’t one close by
  • Crocodiles can stay underwater for more than an hour – even large crocodiles can be completely concealed in knee-deep water 
  • Stay at least five metres from the water’s edge
  • Dispose of your food and fish scraps in a bin. Do not feed crocodiles
  • Be extra cautious at night, dusk and dawn
  • Do not use kayaks, paddleboards and other small craft in crocodile habitat areas. Stay well away from crocodile traps 
  • Watch out for crocodiles in unusual places after very high tides and heavy rains
  • Breeding female crocodiles will defend their nests aggressively
  • September to April is breeding season for crocodiles
  • Crocodiles are more active during the warmer months of the wet season

Source: Queensland Department of Environment and Science

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