Escaping the jaws of a large crocodile may require more than just a small pocket knife, but that’s the only weapon a 60-year-old Australian man had on him while being dragged into a river.
He survived the attack by repeatedly stabbing the reptile in the head, according to local authorities.
Parks and Wildlife officers said the incident took place when the 60-year-old was fishing on his property on the banks of a remote part of McIvor River in Australia’s far-northern Cape York Peninsula.
At some point, he saw a bull standing on the part of the bank he wanted to fish from. Just as he shooed away the animal. a crocodile lunged out of the water and knocked him over.
According to wildlife officers, the large reptile had locked its jaws around the man’s boots and started dragging him down the bank.
As his survival instincts kicked in, he grabbed a tree branch and held on for a bit. When the reptile started pulling him again, he took his pocket knife out and stabbed the animal in its head repeatedly before it scrambled back into the water.
“There was a struggle and he, fortunately, escaped the grip of a four to four-and-a-half-metre crocodile. The odds of doing that are about zero,” said Matt Brien of the Queensland state environment department.
That story doesn’t end there. The officials said the man entered the water after the encounter to retrieve his knife from his belt that had been dragged away. “The man said that as he entered the water, he managed to retrieve his knife from his belt and stabbed the crocodile in its head until it let him go,” said the officials
Once he returned to the bank, he drove himself to Cooktown hospital for treatment and was eventually flown to Cairns Hospital.
A member of the Queensland state environment department said the crocodile was probably targeting the bull and the man just ended up “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.