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Man survives attack from saltwater crocodile by stabbing it in the eye

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A man has survived a horrific saltwater crocodile attack by stabbing the reptile in its eye.

Isaac Adidi, his partner Shawntain Manantan and his cousin were taking a dip at Vyces swimming hole in Cape York, in Far North Queensland on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was about to get out of the water when the four-metre croc grabbed him from behind.

‘It tried to pull me under and then let me go for a second and (it) had a hold of my hand and pulled me under again,’ Mr Adidi told The Courier Mail. 

Isaac Adidi said if he hadn't seen a YouTube tutorial on how to survive a crocodile attack by poking its eyes out, he wouldn't have survived

Isaac Adidi said if he hadn’t seen a YouTube tutorial on how to survive a crocodile attack by poking its eyes out, he wouldn’t have survived

Isaac Adidi, his partner Shawntain Manantan and his cousin were taking a dip at Vyces swimming hole in Cape York, in Far North Queensland on Sunday

Isaac Adidi, his partner Shawntain Manantan and his cousin were taking a dip at Vyces swimming hole in Cape York, in Far North Queensland on Sunday

The 22-year-old was about to get out of the water when the four-metre croc grabbed him from behind (stock image)

The 22-year-old was about to get out of the water when the four-metre croc grabbed him from behind (stock image)

‘He’s got a hold of my left hand and his face was right in front me and I got my index finger and tried to scoop his eye out.’

Mr Adidi, bleeding from his hand and back, managed to swim to shore while the massive crocodile was still chasing him.

Ms Manantan said at first she thought her partner was mucking around when they saw him flapping about in the water.    

‘I just seen him getting slapped around under the water and didn’t know what to do. We literally couldn’t do anything but watch what was happening and it happened so fast,’ she said. 

After being driven to Weipa Hospital, Mr Adidi was flown by plane to Cairns for emergency surgery.

Mr Adidi said if he hadn’t seen a YouTube tutorial on how to survive a crocodile attack by poking its eyes out, he wouldn’t have survived.

Last week a man was swimming in Lake Placid in Cairns when he was attacked by a 2.5 metre saltwater crocodile.

Last week a man was swimming in Lake Placid in Cairns when he was attacked by a 2.5 metre saltwater crocodile (pictured: Mark Ridge's injuries)

Last week a man was swimming in Lake Placid in Cairns when he was attacked by a 2.5 metre saltwater crocodile (pictured: Mark Ridge’s injuries)  

The reptile grabbed his head in its jaws and Mr Ridge fought back, putting his hands into the mouth of the beast to pry its teeth off his scalp.

The jaws snapped shut on his left forefinger – which amazingly was not severed or broken – and the injured man managed to swim 400m to safety. 

Crocodile numbers in Queensland have exploded since 1974 when the species was protected after they were hunted nearly to extinction.

Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to 6m with some males exceeding this. 

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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