Teen saves mate during Top End croc attack

May 2, 2024 7:31 am in by

A 13-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital in Darwin after being attacked by a crocodile in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Police have revealed the teen was swimming with a group of youths around 5.30 on Monday afternoon (April 29) at Numbulwar, when he was grabbed by a 2 metre saltwater croc.

It’s understood the boy tried to grab mangroves and free himself as the croc dragged him further into the water but was unsuccessful.

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A 16-year-old boy with him managed to wrestle the croc, freeing his mate and sending for help.

The 16-year-old also used his clothing to stop the bleeding from the victims wounds.

The 13-year-old was initially transported to a nearby medical clinic and stabilised, before being airlifted to the Royal Darwin Hospital.