Woman survives being dragged into swamp by crocodile and held in its jaws

A woman has miraculously survived a crocodile attack which lasted for more than an hour.

Falmira De Jesus, 38, is a palm oil plantation worker in Indonesia. She was collecting water from a stream last Thursday (July 27), unaware that the reptile was lurking underneath weeds.

As she approached the water, the crocodile leaped up and dragged her into the water.

Falmira screamed for help, and fellow employees rushed to her aid, trying to use a pole to prod the crocodile through the water.

The crocodile had hold of Falmira for around an hour and a half as it toyed with her, and she was seen slowly sinking as the reptile moved.

Help eventually arrived at the remote location and they were able to pull her out of the swamp. Falmira was rushed to hospital with severe injuries to her limbs.

She said: ‘I was in pain from where the crocodile was holding me. I couldn’t break free.

‘Then I started to feel like I was becoming weaker. I just thought I was going to die, because I was falling below the water.

‘I lie in the hospital and can still see the crocodile in my mind, and feel it on my body.

‘I am very grateful for the people that helped me to escape. They saved my life.’

Falmira is still recovering in hospital having suffered deep puncture wounds on her right arm, thigh, and lower leg. Her wounds are being monitored out of fear they could develop infections.

Indonesia is home to 14 species of crocodiles – with a large population of the huge reptiles which flourish in the region’s climate.

Conservationists believe crocodiles have been driven further inland, closer to humans, due to overfishing reducing their natural food supply combined with habitat loss as coastal areas are developed into farms.

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