Man Airlifted with Serious Hand Injury After Crocodile Attack

RACQ CQ Rescue has airlifted a man to Mackay Base Hospital after he was attacked by a crocodile near Bloomsbury today.

The rescue helicopter, with a paramedic and doctor aboard, was tasked about 1 pm and landed at the Lakeside Air Park, 90 km north of Mackay.


A 66-year-old Bloomsbury man was believed to have been working at a wildlife park in the crocodile enclosure about midday when the animal attacked, grabbing his left hand in its jaws and rolling him towards the water’s edge.

An RACQ CQ Rescue spokesperson said the man was able to free his hand from the crocodile’s jaws but suffered serious injuries including lacerations and broken bones as well as an injury to his thigh.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter crew met the ambulance at the nearby airfield and were on the ground for half an hour to administer pain relief and stabilise the patient for the flight to Mackay Base Hospital.

The patient was in a stable condition when he arrived at Mackay Base Hospital at about 2.30 pm.