The 18-year-old, named as Lee de Paauw, endured broad wounds to one side arm after he was assaulted in Johnstone River on Australia’s northeastern drift on Sunday morning, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) said.
Australian teenager is fortunate to be alive, paramedics said on Sunday, after he apparently got away from the jaws of a crocodile by punching it in the head amid a late night swim in a river.
He had hopped into the river as a challenge while “delighting with friends”, said QAS Cairns senior operations supervisor Neil Noble.
“He’s extremely blessed that he survived this incident and could be safeguarded… (he’s) because of experience surgery for broad wounds to his arm,” Noble said.
De Paauw got away from the croc’s hold to his left side arm by punching it in the head with his right arm.
De Paauw’s friends’ endeavors to get him out of the water immediately helped him survive, Noble included.
Crocodiles are normal in Australia’s north where numbers have expanded since the presentation of assurance laws in 1971.
Crocodiles kill an average of two individuals every year in Australia.