Saturday, 27 April 2013

Crocodile Bites Man On Head In Australia

9:30am UK, Monday 22 April 2013
A Frenchman has been bitten on the head by a crocodile but managed to fight the creature off by punching it repeatedly.

Yoann Galeran was swimming to retrieve a moored dinghy at Nhulunbuy in northern Australia on Sunday evening when the crocodile attacked.

The saltwater croc, which was between 2.5 and 3m (8.2 to 9.8ft) long, grabbed the 29-year-old deckhand by the head and rolled him in the water - a manoeuvre known as a death roll.
But he was able to fight off the reptile before scrambling to safety aboard the dinghy and making it back to shore.

He said: "It went straight away to the top of my head and diving under the water he tried to do that spinning thing.

"It was going so fast - everything happened in less than five seconds and then I fell free. I'm very lucky.

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

Mr Galeran's boss Lisa Heathcote told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "He said it felt like a rock, somebody throwing a rock on him.

"Then, next thing, it's got him by the head and rolled him and his instincts kicked in and he's just started to punch into it."

Ms Heathcote, the manager of Arnhem Fisheries, said the crocodile had been lurking in the area for the past fortnight.

Mr Galeran was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment to bite marks to his head, neck and shoulders.

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