Territory fishos are being urged to use caution around the water following two serious crocodile attacks and another near miss in the past week.
The easing of COVID restrictions has seen a surge of NT recreation enthusiasts rush to drop a line in the water with dozens queuing up at boat ramps and land-based fishing locations.
Yesterday a 30-year-old man was left with a broken arm after his boat crashed into mangroves near Middle Arm boat ramp and was lucky to avoid several crocodiles in the area as he waited to be rescued.
St Johns Ambulance emergency communications centre manager Craig Garraway said the incident occurred around 2.30pm.
“We had a person in the water with a broken arm and there were also reports of a number of crocodiles in the water around that area,” he said.
“Obviously it would have been a distressing time for that person.
“He was transported to hospital to receive treatment on that suspected broken arm but obviously it could have been a lot worse.”
On Sunday a 24-year-old man almost had his fingers severed off when he was bitten on the hand by a croc at Mandorah.
The man was fishing with a friend at around 7pm when the reptile lunged out of the water and clamped onto his right hand, causing serious injuries.
He was driven to Berry Springs by his mate and was met by paramedics and rushed to Royal Darwin Hospital, where his fingers required surgery.
Last Tuesday a 23-year-old man was grabbed by a saltie while fishing on the Glyde River near an outstation south-east of Ramingining, Arnhem Land.
NT Police Watch Commander Siiri Tennosaar said the man was hunting in waist-deep water when the crocodile attacked him.
“He was grabbed from behind by a 1.8 metre (crocodile) and the man held onto some mangroves and the crocodile for some reason released him and swam away,” she said.
“So other than suffering some pretty deep lacerations to his upper thigh, he managed to get away with no life-threatening injuries.”
He was treated at the local health clinic and taken to Gove Hospital.
Mr Garraway urged fishos and boaties to be croc-wise as the NT’s waterways become more congested in the coming weeks.
“There’s been a couple of attacks over the last week, obviously crocodiles are out and about at the moment and there’s more people out and about,” he said.
“People need to be careful and keep their eye out, a lot of those popular fishing spots do have big crocs around in the area.”