BAREFOOT BUSHMAN RECOVERS AFTER CROCODILE BITE
Rob Bredl recovers after being mauled by 4.5m croc
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.