Man attacked by saltwater crocodile in WA’s Kimberley

The West Australian
VideoA man in his 30s was bitten on the face and head by a saltwater crocodile in WA’s Kimberley region on Friday.

A man in his 30s was bitten on the face and head by a saltwater crocodile in WA’s Kimberley region on Friday.

A man in his 30s is lucky to be alive after being bitten on the face and head by a saltwater crocodile.
Camera IconA man in his 30s is lucky to be alive after being bitten on the face and head by a saltwater crocodile. Credit: 7NEWS

The man was driven to Broome Hospital on Friday evening after the incident which occurred while he was spear fishing in Pender Bay, a remote region on the Dampier Peninsula about 200km north of Broome.

A photograph of the man’s injuries taken shortly after the attack shows cuts on the man’s head and near his eye.

The man told 7NEWS that he is OK, but the attack was the scariest thing he had experienced in his life.

Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to 6m long and are common across the Kimberley, and are known to be most aggressive during the breeding season, which is September to May.

In 2018, the WA coroner ruled that a 15-year-old boy, named HLS for legal reasons because he was in state care, was killed by a crocodile.

His body was found in a mangrove swamp about 200km north of Broome in March 2013 after he had run away from foster care.

His death marked the first fatal crocodile attack in WA for more than three decades.

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