BARE­FOOT BUSH­MAN RE­COV­ERS AF­TER CROCODILE BITE

Rob Bredl re­cov­ers af­ter be­ing mauled by 4.5m croc

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Pe­ter Car­ruthers Pe­ter.Car­ruthers@apn.com.au

MIRAC­U­LOUSLY “all is look­ing pos­i­tive” for Rob “Bare­foot Bush­man’’ Bredl, af­ter he was at­tacked by a 4.5-me­tre crocodile at his wildlife park near Blooms­bury.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to Bredl’s Wild Farm, 20km east of Blooms­bury, on Thurs­day af­ter Mr Bredl was at­tacked by the fully grown crocodile while stag­ing a feed­ing show for tourists.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing help from a mem­ber of the pub­lic and his nephew Zeb Bredl, Rob was taken by am­bu­lance to a nearby pri­vate air­field and then flown to Mackay Base Hospi­tal.

Zeb Bredl said the crocodile grabbed hold of his un­cle by the hand and did a “spin”.

“I al­ready had him back out (of the en­clo­sure) and one bloke (tourist) got out and helped him back into the truck so we could drive him off,” he said.

Queensland Am­bu­lance Ser­vice ad­vanced care para­medic Heather Shields at­tended at Bredl’s farm on Thurs­day and de­scribed Rob as “ex­tremely lucky”.

“(Rob) said that it was a fully grown adult crocodile about 4.5 me­tres long so he is very lucky,” Ms Shields said.

“It hap­pened on land; it (the crocodile) was at­tempt­ing to drag him into the wa­ter but he got away be­fore he was sub­merged.

“He had a se­vere lac­er­a­tion to his left hand, and also some bite marks to his lower right leg,” Ms Shields said.

“There were a lot of by­standers and tourists present there who did some haem­or­rhage con­trol on him, mak­ing the pa­tient sta­ble.

“They did an ex­cel­lent job of look­ing af­ter him prior to us get­ting there.”

Bredl’s Wild Farm posted an up­date on its Face­book page on Sun­day.

“Rob Bredl aka Bare­foot Bush­man is cur­rently in a Bris­bane hospi­tal,” the post reads.

“He has un­der­gone surgery and all is look­ing pos­i­tive.

“Rob is in high spir­its and is out of ICU (In­ten­sive Care Unit) and is eat­ing and drink­ing.

“His wish is to tell his story when he is ready.”

The post asked for Mr Bredl to be left alone to re­cover af­ter the at­tack.

“Bredl’s Wild Farm is a dream of Rob’s and his fam­ily and will con­tinue to run tours dur­ing this time,” the Face­book post read late last week.

CROC AT­TACK: Rob Bredl is air­lifted to Mackay Base Hospi­tal last Thurs­day.

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