'Drunk' Australian man escapes crocodile attack with 'eye poke'

Crocodile went into the death roll during attack in Northern Territory

Drunk man fends off crocodile attack in Australia

An Australian hunter has survived a crocodile attack - after poking the animal in the eye.

Stephen Moreen, 20, had waded into the water in the Northern Territory to retrieve some geese he had shot when the crocodile jumped up, grabbed him by the arm and pulled him underwater.

The incident happened on Friday evening in Peppimenarti, about 320km (198 miles) south west of Darwin, reports the BBC.

He told ABC News: "We were shooting geese, my cousin-brother told me go and get the duck there.

"I just walked. I got the first goose. The second one. [Then] the number three one, he grabbed my on my arm.

"[The croc did] the death roll. Lucky for me when we went underwater I saw him and poked his eye. He let go. Once he let go he ran for the bank.

"My cousin-brother shot him."

He said he had not been in pain because he had been "a little bit tipsy" when the crocodile attacked.

According to the Independent, he added: I'm fine, I'm alive. It could have been bad. It could have got my leg. I was about waist deep (in water).

"I have a scratch on my back, the rest (is) on my arm. He (the crocodile) ripped out a bit of skin and left me with two to three holes."

Mr Moreen, from the Tiwi Islands, has been visiting Peppimenarti to shoot pig, geese and emu.

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