Skip to comments.Father tells how he fought off crocodile attack in waterhole (protecting his daughters)
Posted on 02/13/2011 1:36:58 PM PST by naturalman1975
A FATHER of three has told how he fought for his life with a 3m crocodile that dragged him under at a north Queensland waterhole.
Weipa miner Eddie Sigai said he desperately kicked, punched and gouged the crocodile after it latched on to his left hand as he swam with his daughters Jennifer, 17, and Monica, 12, at Beening Creek last Saturday.
"I thought to myself, this is it, I am dead," the 37-year-old told The Sunday Mail.
"But it's surprising what you can do when all you can think about is the safety of your children.
"It grabbed my hand and pulled me under the water so I was sitting and all I can remember is grabbing it, shaking it, punching it and going for its eyes."
After the brief attack which "felt like it lasted forever", Mr Sigai screamed to his daughters to get out of the water.
He grabbed Monica and threw her to safety on to the bank. He was unable to drive, so Jennifer climbed behind the wheel and drove her injured and bleeding father to the Weipa Hospital in second gear.
He spent two days in hospital with bite marks on his left hand and deep scratch marks down his back.
"Looking back now I am still piecing it together," Mr Sigai said. "I close my eyes and I just see it coming out of the water at me.
"I am just glad it didn't go for one of the girls, but I tell you what, it will be a while before I get back in the water . . . if I ever do."
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Sounds like a bad idea...
Down under “PING”
Truth or fiction?
I figure he is lucky he was in shallow water sitting , if it was deeper water and the gator started rolling over and over, he never would have made it back.
Australian Crocodile Attacks
Near Misses And Incidents
There should be a word for Crocs like that: Luggage.
Is the vehicle that they used the one pictured behind him?
Thanks for the great link!I am falling in love with the Aussie frontier. Sounds like one would need to have the proper equipment in the boot of ones automobile:
Old bushie crocodile keeper at a tourist venue near Cairns told me...
never go anywhere there are crocs without a stick and a hat...when the croc opens its mouth, throw your hat into it’s mouth, that locks his jaws...and then you can poke his eyes out with the stick!
Sounds like a plan! LOL.
I guess most people do not know how fast they can move in the hotter months.
Idiot, cannot read.
so he is 37 and his oldest daughter is 17, did he have conceive her at age 10?
nevermind, he was 20, i read that wrong
Is he being charged with animal abuse?
If you can convibce the Gun Control freaks in Australia’s government agencies to let you carry it, BY ALL MEANS , go for it.
The S & W 44 mag is a very fine weapon.