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Wildlife officers spot crocodile hours after swimmer attacked

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<p>Queensland Environment Wildlife officers have spotted a crocodile in Lake Placid just hours after a man survived a horror attack while swimming.</p>

Queensland Environment Wildlife officers have spotted a crocodile in Lake Placid in Cairns just hours after a man survived a horror attack while swimming.

Officers spotted the croc from about 100 metres away last night but since lost sight of it, presumably after it descended to the bottom of the river.

The team will continue to search this morning, before resuming when its dark and the crocodile is more likely to be active.

READ MORE: Man pried crocodile's jaws off head in Far North Queensland attack

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The search comes after a 44-year-old man managed to escape after prying the jaws of a crocodile off his skull while swimming around lunchtime yesterday.

Queensland ambulance paramedics treated him for multiple minor lacerations, before transporting him to Cairns Hospital.

Critical care paramedic Paul Sweeney said the man was in good spirits when they arrived, given the incident could have been far more horrific.

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"When we got there, he was remarkably calm and it was clear there were puncture marks on his head," Mr Sweeney said.

"He described to us that the crocodile had bitten his head and he had tried to pry its jaws off his hand and as he did so, its jaws snapped on his hand."

The man told paramedics he believed the croc to be 1.5 metres to 2 metres long, and he believed it to be a saltwater crocodile.

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He regularly swims at Lake Placid multiple times and a week, and was described by paramedics as being "very fit".

Mr Sweeney said given the nature of the incident, a bite from a crocodile could have been fatal if its teeth punctured any arteries.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/lake-placid-crocodile-attack-wildlife-officers-spot-suspicious-animal/090d9c2b-a5e8-494c-a1e9-594e15c1de4c

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