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Father escapes crocodile attack in Wyndham with just scratch on leg

  • A father-of-five has escaped a crocodile attack with just a scratch on his leg 
  • Samuel Birch was untangling a fishing net when the crocodile lunged at him 
  • ‘It got me on the side of my leg scratching me up… I was in shock’ he said
  • Mr Birch said he only survived because his friend dragged him backwards 
  • The attack happened on the King River, near Wyndham in Western Australia

A father-of-five has escaped a crocodile attack with just a scratch on his leg after a friend dragged him to safety.

Samuel Birch was bending down to untangle a fishing net on the King River in the Kimberley of Western Australia on Wednesday when a two-metre salt water crocodile lunged at him.

‘It got me on the side of my leg scratching me up,’ he told the ABC.

Mr Birch said he only escaped a second attack when his friend dragged him backwards.

A father-of-five escaped a crocodile attack with just a scratch on his leg (pictured) after a friend dragged him to safety

‘One of my mates grabbed me by the back of my shirt, lifted me out of the water,’ he said.

Mr Birch said his friend pulled him to safety seconds before the crocodile lunged at him a third time.

‘I was up on the bank by then… I was in shock and I was in pain,’ he said.

The Wyndham attack comes two years after a 68-year-old woman was attacked by a crocodile at the same place. 

The crocodile was shot by wildlife officers after it bit the woman’s arm off.  

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions warned Wyndham was an extremely dangerous, crocodile infested area.

‘People are encouraged not to risk their lives by entering the water of an established saltwater crocodile habitat,’ they said.   

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions warned Wyndham was an extremely dangerous, crocodile infested area (Wyndham crocodile pictured) 

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions warned Wyndham was an extremely dangerous, crocodile infested area (Wyndham crocodile pictured) 



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