Crocodile attacks Australian Army personnel


Two Australian Defense Force personnel were attacked by crocodiles, but it is not clear if they were on duty when reptiles beat them in northern Queensland.

The soldier injured his head, chest, and arms after the crocodile beat him and an Army colleague who went to help him.

Both are being treated at Cairns Hospital after reptiles attacked them on crocodile-infested waters north of Lockhart River on Friday afternoon.

Wayne Butcher, mayor of Rockhart River, said the men went swimming in a known crocodile habitat.

The defense department told reporters that both men were Army personnel, but did not reveal whether they were on duty at the time of the attack.

According to paramedics, the most seriously injured man in his early twenties suffered head, chest and arm injuries. He is serious but stable.

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State of Cairns Base Hospital on December 20, 2014. (Peter Parks via Getty Images / AFP)

Another man has an arm injury in his early thirties and is in a stable condition.

The man was initially treated by a medical officer on an Army barge before being transferred to another ship and taken to the shore. It was then airlifted to Cairns.

The attack occurred after 4 pm, approximately 1 km (0.62 miles) from the Portland Road community.

“Two broke are swimming in a crocodile-infested sea. One was attacked and the other … tried to help,” Mayor Butcher told ABC.

By Tracey Ferrier