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Tourist attacked by four-metre-long ‘jumping crocodile’ on river cruise

A tourist had to be rushed to hospital after a huge crocodile latched onto his arm during a popular river cruise in Australia.

The man, 60, was attacked while on a tour through the Adelaide River, which is notoriously known for its ‘jumping croc’.

He suffered from heavy bleeding after the three- to four-metre crocodile grabbed his arm during the attack, which occurred close to Darwin.

Paramedics were called to the scene at 3.30pm on Monday to help the man as bystanders tried to control the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, according to NT News.

Local reports say the man was taken to Palmerston Hospital for surgery and is currently in a stable condition.

St John Ambulance NT operations manager Craig Garraway said: “My understanding is a male there has been on a cruise of some sort … and somehow has ended up having his hand bitten by what appears to be a three- or four-metre crocodile.”

NT Police Senior Sergeant Richard Howie said the attack showed people just how dangerous the area remains.

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He said: “Anyone out on the water should be really aware and obviously be safe when it comes to being in their territory.”

The river has seen a large number of crocodile attacks over many years with just last month a man in his 20s lost part of his toes, according to Sky News Australia.

NT WorkSafe, which is the health and safety department under the Department of Attorney-General and Justice, was contacted by a member of the public about the incident.

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In a statement, they said: “NT WorkSafe reminds all Territory businesses that it is a requirement to notify us of any serious injuries that occur in the workplace.

“While there are no specific regulations relating to crocodiles, crocodiles are an apex predator and are a well-known hazard in the Top End for all businesses operating in their habitat.

“All businesses operating in crocodile habitats have a duty to minimise, or if possible eliminate the risk of injury from crocodiles.”

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