Man Killed Trying to Get Snake Off His Friend

Snake ended up biting him, and he could not be saved
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2023 3:15 AM CDT
Man Trying to Get Snake Off Friend Ends Up Dead
Stock photo of a venomous brown snake. The type of snake involved in this incident has not been determined.   (Getty Images / KristianBell)

An Australian man trying to help a friend who was being attacked by a snake ended up dead when the snake bit him. Authorities say the two men were at Koumala State School in Queensland, for an event celebrating the school's 100th anniversary Saturday night, when the snake coiled around one man's leg. The second man attempted to remove it and ended up getting bit on the arm in the process, 9News reports. "There was a rapid call for an ambulance and bystanders performed CPR immediately as the man collapsed," an official with the Queensland Ambulance Service says, but the second man, age 69, was already in cardiac arrest by the time paramedics arrived, the Guardian reports.

"Despite heroic measures by both the bystanders and the Queensland Ambulance Service, he was unfortunately unable to be revived and has passed away," the official says. Those heroic measures, which lasted more than 30 minutes, included CPR and a defibrillator. The first man, also in his 60s, was taken to a hospital and then discharged Sunday. It's not clear what type of snake was involved, but authorities say it was likely the venomous eastern brown snake. A local official says the incident has sent "shockwaves" through the small rural community, reports. (More Australia stories.)

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