Monday, 6 May 2013

Fisherman, 29, escapes crocodile who had clamped its jaws around his HEAD by punching until it let go

· Yoann Galeran, 29, ended up with his head between the jaws of a crocodile 

· Jumped into the water in the Northern Territory of Australia at night time 

· Had four puncture wounds on his head and was bleeding as he escaped 

PUBLISHED: 08:47, 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:19, 22 April 2013 

Residents of Australia's tropical north know that you don't go swimming in the sea at night because that's when crocodiles are most dangerous. 

But French fisherman Yoann Galeran didn't know the rules and happily dived into the waters off Arnhem Land - which is why he ended up with his head firmly between the jaws of a saltwater croc. 

It dragged him underwater, with his head locked between its teeth and attempted a death roll in which victims are spun around until they drown. 

At the age of 29, however, Mr Galeran wasn't ready to die just yet and in dark and dangerous waters so far from home. 

'I didn't think about dying - I thought only about fighting to stay alive,' he said back on his boat today after his ordeal. 

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