Friday, October 15, 2021

Crocodile attack on Australian Army personnel

Two Australian Defense Force personnel have been attacked by a crocodile, but it is not clear whether they were on duty when the reptile struck them in far north Queensland.

A soldier has suffered head, chest and arm injuries after a crocodile crushed him and an army colleague who had gone to his aid.

The two are being treated at Cairns Hospital after being attacked by reptiles in crocodile-infested waters north of the Lockhart River, a remote Aboriginal community on the Cape York Peninsula, on Friday afternoon.

Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher said they had gone swimming in a known crocodile habitat.

The Defense Department told reporters that both men were military personnel, but did not disclose whether they were on duty when the attack took place.

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The ambulance service said the most seriously injured person, aged 20, suffered head, chest and arm injuries. His condition is serious but stable.

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A view of Cairns Base Hospital on 20 December 2014. (Peter Park/AFP via Getty Images)

The other man, in his early 30s, suffered hand injuries and is in stable condition.

The men were initially treated on an Army ship by a medical officer before being transferred to another vessel and taken ashore. After this he was airlifted to Cairns.

The attack happened after 4 p.m. about a kilometer (0.62 mi) from the community of Portland Road

“Two boys are swimming in water full of crocodiles. One was attacked and the other … tried to help,” the mayor, Butcher, told ABC.

by Tracy Ferrier

AAP

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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