A man was bitten on the face by a crocodile when he accidentally collided with the reptile after diving through a wave at a surf beach in northeastern Australia, a newspaper reported Friday.
Camper Matt Martin, 35, received more than 40 sutures to gashes around his left eye and cheek after the mishap on Tuesday last week off the remote tropical northeast coast, The Cairns Post newspaper reported.
Martin said he was in waist-deep water when he dived through a wave and into the crocodile.
“I thought I was dead,” the construction worker from Newcastle in New South Wales state told the newspaper.
“It was sort of like when you hit rocks but the rocks had give and movement in them,” he added.
Martin, who is on a driving vacation across northern Australia, said his face was snapped before he hastily retreated to the beach.
Martin said the crocodile did not mean him serious harm.
“He wasn’t serious. He had all the cards and he played it soft,” Martin said.
The report did not mention the size of the crocodile. Martin could not be immediately contacted Friday.
A tourist who was attacked by a crocodile while swimming in an Australian river was so drunk that he fell asleep at his campsite before going to hospital for treatment, a report said Friday.
Matt Martin was camping in an area of the northeastern state of Queensland known to be inhabited by crocodiles when he drank what he later described as “half a slab” — or 12 cans of beer.
When he dived into the river at Cow Bay in the topical far north of the state, he landed on a crocodile.
After a brief wrestling match with the reptile, Martin emerged with gashes on his face requiring 40 stitches, The Australian newspaper reported.
Admitting his face was “pretty messed up” when he went back to his campsite, Martin, 35, from Newcastle city north of Sydney, then slept for seven hours before seeking medical help.
His injuries were so bad that when he finally did make it to hospital, he was holding a blanket to his face to stop the bleeding, the newspaper said.
Crocodiles inhabit most of the waterways in northern Australia and although attacks on humans are rare, they are potentially very dangerous and numbers have increased in recent years due to official protection after fears they might be wiped out by hunters.
I like AFP’s version better.