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Men airlifted in serious condition after North Queensland crocodile attack

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Two men have been airlifted to Cairns after one sustained severe injuries swimming in croc-infested waters in North Queensland. In his 20s was saved by his friend after being a bit on his head and body in an incident north of the Lockhart River on Friday. His savior, a man in his 30s, is currently being treated for wounds to his arm and wrist.

The pair, soldiers in the Army, was treated at the scene by a doctor and paramedic who flew from Thursday Island just before 5 pm on Friday. They were then transported to the hospital by Royal Flying Doctors. In his 20s is in a serious but stable condition, while the man in his 30s is tough.

“Two blokes have been swimming in croc-infested waters. One got attacked and the other one tried to help,” Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Wayne Butcher told the ABC.

“They’re found and in safe hands … I’m hoping that they’re well.” Mr Butcher revealed crocodile populations in the area have increased steadily over the past 30 years.

“There‘s a lot of crocodiles on the Cape York Peninsula,” he said. “In rivers, estuary systems and even out in the ocean along beaches. So got to be very careful and be croc-wise. Wherever you see a sign saying croc-infested waters, please be careful or don‘t even enter.”

A Defence spokesman confirmed the event is under investigation. “They will continue to receive ongoing medical care from local and regional hospitals,” the spokesperson said.

“Our immediate focus is on providing the necessary medical treatment for the soldiers involved and supporting their families who have been informed.“The event is under investigation.”

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