Crocodile attack: Man, 72, fought off beasts with spanners
A 72-year-old man fought off crocodiles by throwing spanners and spark plugs at them as he battled to save his drowning friend after their boat capsized near Darwin.
The two men, from Victoria, were crabbing about 38 kilometres north-east of Darwin on Tuesday morning when they tried to retrieve their crab pots from the water.
As they attempted to pull some pots into their small aluminium boat, a crocodile deliberately capsized their craft and they were thrown into the water, the survivor told his rescuers.
One of the men managed to climb on board the upturned boat, but his friend became trapped under the capsized craft.
Over the course of the next three hours, the surviving man tried desperately to keep an increasing number of crocodiles away.
A group of other crabbers heard the man's shouts and rescued him and managed to retrieve the drowned man's body.