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The man, aged in his 40s, was swimming in a remote national park in the state’s north west, when the reptile latched onto his arm.
The man told rescuers he put up a fight, wrestling the two-to-three-metre crocodile until it released him.
The man was flown by helicopter to safety after members of the motorbiking tour he was on called triple zero.
He suffered deep puncture wounds to his hands and his legs, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) Lifeflight said.
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“He was in a lot of pain and the puncture wounds from the croc’s teeth were very deep,” said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Aircrew Officer Greig Allan.
“The patient told us the salt water crocodile would have been between two and three metres long, so he’s lucky to have escaped with his life.”
The man is in a stable condition at Mount Isa hospital.