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Crocodile attacks man at remote Northern Territory community of Palumpa

ABC News logo ABC News 9/05/2017
Crocodiles have proved a problem around Palumpa in the past, including this 4.5-metre saltie killed in 2013. © Supplied Crocodiles have proved a problem around Palumpa in the past, including this 4.5-metre saltie killed in 2013.

A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a crocodile in a remote community in the Northern Territory.

The attack by a two-metre crocodile occurred in Palumpa, an Aboriginal community about 230 kilometres southwest of Darwin.

The 54-year-old man is thought to have been wading into a waterway near Palumpa yesterday afternoon when the attack occurred.

He suffered multiple bites on his chest and arm, according to a statement from CareFlight, which was called for assistance.

The man was given initial treatment at a local medical clinic before he was flown to the Royal Darwin Hospital, where he was recovering from the attack today.

It is not the first time a crocodile has caused problems in the Daly River region, where Palumpa is located.

A crocodile measuring 4.5 metres that had been stalking in local waters and preventing children from crossing a causeway to get to school was captured and shot in 2013.

Last year a 19-year-old survived an attack at Dorisvale in the Daly Region after a crocodile attacked him while he slept after camping about 15 metres from Dorisvale Crossing.

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