A REAL life Crocodile Dundee prised one of the beast’s jaws off his head after being attacked in a lake in Australia.
The 44-year-old man was able to slowly swim back to shore and get help despite injuries caused by the sudden impact of 6ft long reptile’s teeth.
The unnamed man sustained lacerations to his head, face, shoulder and hands after a crocodile clamped its jaws around his skull while he was swimming near Cairns, northern Queensland.
The victim was rushed to Cairns Base Hospital from Lake Placid, where he regularly swims, but was alert and conscious the whole time.
Critical care paramedic Paul Sweeney told 9News: “When we got there, he was remarkably calm and it was clear there were puncture marks on his head.
“He described to us that the crocodile had bitten his head and he had tried to pry its jaws off his hand and as he did so, its jaws snapped on his hand.”
The man told paramedics regularly swims at Lake Placid multiple times and a week, and was described as being “very fit”.
“The gentlemen explained he was swimming and suddenly felt this impact, clasp on the top of his head, which he recognised to be a crocodile,” Mr Sweeney said.
“He put his hands into his jaws to prise them off his head and it let go and the jaw snapped shut on his left forefinger.
“There was minimal blood loss. No breaks or fractures to the skull.
Mr Sweeney said the man took a “slow swim” back to the bank to get help but lived in fear that he would be attacked again.
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“He was concerned that the animal would attack him again. He is a very lucky man. It could have been worse.”
Mr Sweeney said the man had been swimming in the lake three times a week for about eight years, and said he “would not be surprised if he ventured into those waters again for further exercise”.
Queensland Environment Department said it was sending wildlife officers to Lake Placid “to obtain further information about the nature of the attack and any further management action required”.