Man is rushed to hospital after being bitten by a huge CROCODILE during an adventurous cruise on an infamous river infested by apex predators
- Tourist needed emergency surgery after being bitten by crocodile during river cruise
- Presumably the man was on a crocodile spotting tour when he was attacked
- The incident happened on the infamous and popular Adelaide River near Darwin
A tourist had to be rushed to hospital after a crocodile clutched at his arm while cruising down an infamous river known for its adventurous ‘jumping crocodiles’.
The 60-year-old man had ‘heavy bleeding’ after a three to four meter crocodile bit his hand and arm during a cruise on the infamous Adelaide River not far from Darwin.
Ambulance personnel received an emergency call at 3:30 p.m. Monday to help a man who had been bitten by the crocodile on the river near the Arnhem highway.
A male tourist had to be rushed to hospital for surgery after a crocodile clung to his arm during a cruise
The man is said to have been on a crocodile tour on the Adelaide River near Darwin, a notorious river known for its “jumping crocodile” adventure trips. Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises said the attack did not occur on any of its tours
The man suffered ‘heavy bleeding’ that had to be controlled with a ‘pressure bandage’ applied by bystanders, the NT News reported.
The man was driven to Palmerston Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was in a stable condition, according to NT Health.
“It is my understanding that a man has been there on some kind of cruise…and was somehow bitten in the hand by what appears to be a three or four meter long crocodile,” said St John Ambulance NT operations manager Craig Garraway.
NT Police Senior Sargeant Richard Howie said the attack was a reminder of how dangerous the area is.
“Everyone on the water needs to be really aware and obviously safe when it comes to their territory,” he said.
One of the ‘jumping’ crocodiles in the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory, an infamous river full of crocodiles
A warning sign on the banks of the Adelaide River south of Darwin
A spokeswoman for one of the river’s longest-running crocodile tours, Original Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises, said the attack did not occur on any of the cruises.
But it’s clear that the attack was on a crocodile cruise.
The river has been the scene of hundreds of crocodile attacks for many years.
Last month, a 28-year-old man had his toes bitten off by a crocodile after the reptile grabbed his foot in the city of Adelaide River, south of Darwin and named after the river.
In 2014, a 57-year-old fisherman was captured by a crocodile while trying to retrieve a jammed hook while fishing on the Adelaide River.
The man was reportedly fishing with his wife when he was killed by the crocodile around 5:30 p.m. and she witnessed the attack.
A crocodile is encouraged to jump for meat on a trip along the Adelaide River
He is not the only fisherman to have been taken off the banks.
In 2019, a legend of a crocodile cruise told the ABC “I can still hear the screams” of a woman whose young husband was taken after going into the river.
In 2019, a giant five-foot crocodile ran to the banks of the river and devoured a calf, a shock to a man tending his yard.