News

Croc attack: Barefoot bushman airlifted to Brisbane

Rob Bredl the Barefoot Bushman pictured during a past demonstration at Bredl's Wild Farm. Photo: www.bredlswildfarm.com
Rob Bredl the Barefoot Bushman pictured during a past demonstration at Bredl's Wild Farm. Photo: www.bredlswildfarm.com Cas Garvey

UPDATE 10.19pm: 

Rob Bredl has been airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital after being bitten by a crocodile at his wildlife park this afternoon.

Rob, who is known as the Barefoot Bushman, was attacked while feeding the crocodile during a show for tourists to the park near Bloomsbury.

Royal Flying Doctor service came to airlift him from Mackay Base Hospital about 9.30pm after surgery.

The fully-grown crocodile bit his hand and attempted to drag him into nearby water.  His nephew and members of the audience rescued him and performed first aid until paramedics arrived. 

A comment on the Daily Mercury website by DaveNLizC praised Mr Bredl.

"Just want to applaud Rob "The barefoot bushman" for how calm he remained whilst myself and the two other gentlemen assisted in applying first aid to him prior to the ambulance arriving," the comment said.

"Rob was in great spirits and remained very professional the whole time.

"Your (sic) as tough as nails mate and I am sure you will be back out there doing your shows again in no time.

"I would also like to comment on the professionalism of the bredl family for keeping everyone calm during this time.

"We will certainly be back there to support this fantastic wildlife park."

PETA Australia's campaign coordinator Claire Fryer said this attack must serve as a reminder to Mr Bredl that crocodiles are not domesticated animals and should not be kept in captivity to use and abuse for our entertainment.

"Attacks by captive crocodiles on people - which occur with staggering regularity - illustrate the profound levels of stress, anxiety and agitation that these animals experience every day of their lives," she said.

"Cruelty aside, airlifting someone to hospital because they decide to imprison and exploit adult crocodiles is a huge waste of resources."

Bredl's Wild Farm 15kms east of Bloomsbury. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
Bredl's Wild Farm 15kms east of Bloomsbury. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

UPDATE 4.25pm:

NEPHEW of Rob Bredl, Zeb Bredl said the croc grabbed a hold of his uncle by the hand and did a "spin".

He indicated the injury wasn't very serious but Mr Bredl did need assistance after being bitten which was provided by himself and a tourist who was watching the croc feeding show.

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

Mr Bredl said his 66-year-old uncle has kept crocodiles since he was nine-years-old but refused to speculate about what went wrong at Bredls' Wild Farm this afternoon.

 

Rob Bredl the Barefoot Bushman pictured during a past demonstration at Bredl's Wild Farm. Photo: www.bredlswildfarm.com
Rob Bredl the Barefoot Bushman pictured during a past demonstration at Bredl's Wild Farm. Photo: www.bredlswildfarm.com Cas Garvey

 

UPDATE 2.40pm

TOURISTS and bystanders at Bredl's Wild Farm witnessed a "fully-grown" crocodile attack Rob Bredl, or 'the Barefoot Bushman' as he's more widely known, as the beast attempted to drag him into the water. 

He was feeding the crocodile at the time of the attack.

Tourists came to his rescue and attempted to stop the bleeding before RACQ CQ Rescue paramedics arrived. 

QAS advanced care paramedic Heather Shields described Rob as "extremely lucky".

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

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

Ms Shields said the attack happened when the man was feeding the crocodile.

"He had a severe laceration to his left hand, and also some bite marks to his lower right leg," she said.

"There was a lot of bystanders and tourists present there who did some hemorrhage control on him and the patient was stable, they did an excellent job of looking after him prior to us getting there. 

"We've managed his pain, first aid and splinting in case of fractures then transported him a short distance to the helicopter for him to be taken to Mackay."

 

Rob Bredl the Barefoot Bushman, Bredl's Wild Farm near Bloomsbury.
Rob Bredl the Barefoot Bushman, Bredl's Wild Farm near Bloomsbury.

 

INITIAL:

AN RACQ chopper has been dispatched after a man in his early sixties was bitten by a crocodile in Bloomsbury.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said the incident had occurred at a wildlife farm in the area, with the call coming in at around 12.04pm.

The man has a severe injury to his lower left arm, and a deep laceration and puncture wounds around his thigh region.

Topics:  bloomsbury, breaking, crocodile, editors picks, emerency, whitsundays



BYTE ME: Fixing all your Wi-Fi worries

NO PLUGS NEEDED: Bruce Kerr tackles your technological questions in Byte Me

Your Wi-Fi device is normally integrated into your modem/router

Victims of devastating flood to be honoured

DEVASTATING FLOOD: Commercial Hotel Clermont being winched to higher ground after the 1916 flood.

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled on October 1

Sustainable fishing policy open to public opinion

Brittany Lauga with the Minister for Ports Mark Bailey at the Coorooman Creek boat ramp.

Boaties and anglers given more time to voice thoughts on legislation

Local Partners

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

Deftones return to Australia with string of dates

Deftones are back in town. Photo Contributed

World renowned nu-metal pioneers return

How the Gruen guy's t-shirts took on a life of their own

Documentary filmmaker and Gruen panellist Todd Sampson.

What started out as simple workwear has become a trademark

Disney pulls costume for cultural appropriation

Disney has taken a costume off shelves out of respect for Islanders

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.