The heroic Greig Alan, an officer in the RACQ LifeFlight aviation crew, had to use all his military mind to save a man’s life after they managed to escape from the animal.
The former RAF man, who worked “Down Under” for four years, was sent along with his helicopter crew to treat the man and send him to hospital after the incident, Edinburgh live reports.
Greig said the 40-year-old received “very deep” cuts from the teeth of a freshwater crocodile.
He added: “I think since I’ve been in Australia, things are pretty unusual when it comes to wildlife.”
The attack occurred when the victim was swimming in a gorge in a remote national park 230 km north of Mount Eyes in north-west Queensland on Sunday (May 15th).
The crocodile reportedly caught his hand as he walked to a small waterfall, forcing the man to fight the beast until it released him.
Greig of Brisbane, who was a winchman and paramedic during his service in the RAF and received the Queen’s Award for Courage in 2013, said: “As you can imagine, a two- to three-foot crocodile grabbing your arm will create some pretty significant injuries that he had them. “
Greig said the man’s life was probably saved by breaking free, but this led to other injuries.
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He added: “He had cut wounds on his arm and he managed to free himself with one good hand, but at the same time he received many other injuries, stab wounds to both hands. As he walked away, the step slightly hurt his leg, just for good measure.
“He was in a lot of pain and the wounds from the crocodile’s teeth were very deep.
“The patient told us that the crocodile was two to three meters long, so he was lucky to have survived.”
The victim was taken to Mount Isa Hospital in “stable condition” and is believed to be recovering.