‘Big Al’ and Fletcher wrestle crocodile to save 23-year-old stewardess


Stewardess Tara Hawkes, 23, had been swimming with guests from the luxury cruise ship True North in a fresh water pool at Talbot Bay, about 200km north of Broome and was standing in waist deep water when at 2m crocodile attacked, latched onto her leg and tried to drag her back in. That’s when passenger Michael Fletcher and a crew member know only as ‘Big Al’ came to her rescue. ‘Big Al’ jumped onto the croc back, while Fletcher put his hands into its mouth to pry its jaws apart, the whole situation turning into a ‘terrifying tug-of-war’ until they managed to drag her to safety. The Department of Environment and Conservation said it would be “pointless” to trap and remove the crocodile which attacked Ms Hawkes as another would soon take its place. Read more here on thewest.com.au


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