Coming face-to-face with death isn’t a scene anyone would wish to entertain, not even with crocodiles.
Image: A crocodile in a river near mangroves.
A man fought hard against all odds to save his dear life from the flesh-hungry reptiles after a fateful event.
They were two best friends in their 70’s sailing on a small boat near Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.
During the fateful journey, their boat was nudged by a saltwater crocodile and it capsized. In a short while, one of the aged men drowned.
Reports say Ray Mccomber and Noel Ramage tried to climb onto the capsized boat but unfortunately, Ramage drowned in the process.
Ian Badham is the Director of CareFlight (an aeromedical charity) that contributed to the survivor’s rescue. A statement released by the Director says:
“Saltwater crocodiles are serious. They’re big animals, powerful animals.
Mccomber managed to survive from drowning but had to face another big danger, the crocodiles.
As he took shelter among mangroves, some hungry crocodiles wished to make a meal out of him but the victim fought hard, hitting the reptiles with spanners and spark plugs.
Funny, right? Be sure Mccomber will never smile nor laugh whenever he gets a flashback on the incident.
In the horrific fight, he hit one crocodile on the head with a spanner. Damn close, you could imagine! He also threw the spark plugs on a lot more crocodiles to ward them off.
Don’t blame the man. He was too scared fighting to live another day that he couldn’t remember how many crocodiles missed their meals.
What if he hadn’t packed the plugs or grabbed a spanner? That was an act of bravery above being smart. Someone could have a better tool and still be eaten raw.
Image shows coastal area mangroves.
Reports say his boat was about 10 feet long.
“Very small dingy. I dunno how safe it was. I wouldn’t have been in the water with a dingy like that,” local fisherman Tony Geranis told Seven Network.
“This is Darwin, you know, crocodiles everywhere,” he said.
Ray Mccomber spent 3 hours fighting off crocodiles before he was rescued by a group of professional crabbers.
The 72-year-old was found in the mangroves by luck. Ian Badham admitted that rescuers rarely went into that area, but decided to do so on impulse as if they knew someone out there needed help.
The good Samaritans took Mccomber to the shore after the discovery.
Badham said Mccomber was exhausted and suffering from exposure. The victim of crocs’ attack was also said to be in severe shock when CareFlight rescued him. He was taken to a hospital afterwards and reports say he has been discharged.
Image: The survivor of crocs’ attack.
According to Badham, there are visitors from all over the world going on tours in Australia. Most of these people on vacation aren’t aware of the dangers lurking in the country’s remote northern region, especially from dangerous animals.
“Unfortunately, every so often one of these things happens and we remember that they’re not just stories,” Badham said.