A 19-year-old man was reported to be recovering in Katherine Hospital in Australia’s Northern Territory after a large crocodile seized his leg and pulled him out of his tent on Monday night.
The man was camping with his family near a creek in the Douglas Daly region, about two hours’ drive from Katherine.
ABC News, quoting the Northern Territory Health Department, said the crocodile entered the man’s tent about 4.30am and hauled him out by his right foot.
The man told hospital staff he kicked the reptile with his other foot. He believes the reptile responsible was a four-metre saltwater crocodile.
The Guardian reported that the family were on a fishing trip and the man’s family were returning to the site, cautiously, to retrieve their camping gear.
The National Parks department has warned residents of the Northern Territory and visitors to the region to keep clear of river systems and billabongs, where saltwater crocodiles lurk.
In 2014, Bill Scott, 62, was pulled out of his boat to his doom by a 4.6-metre crocodile, as his family watched. Another man, Lanh Van Tran, 57, was seized and killed by a croc in the Adelaide River after wading into the water to unsnag his fishing line.
Written by Peter Needham