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Last Updated: Tuesday February 28 2006 11:41 GMT

Croc-wrestling granny wins award

A saltwater crocodile in Australia
A brave grandmother who fought off a giant crocodile to save her friend's life has been given a special award.

Alicia Sorohan, 61, was camping in Australia in 2004 when she woke up to find a massive saltwater croc dragging her friend out of his tent.

She jumped onto the reptile's back before it turned on her, smashing her nose and arm before her son shot it.

Mrs Sorohan was given Australia's Star of Courage, awarded to people for acts of outstanding bravery.

The crocodile attack happened at the Bathurst Bay campsite in Queensland in October 2004.


Mrs Sorohan almost lost her arm in the fight but doctors managed to save it by pinning it together using two metal plates and 12 screws.

Her friend also survived with minor injuries.
After hearing about the award Mrs Sorohan, who has two grandchildren, said of the incident: "It was pretty scary. But it's one of those things - if you see someone in trouble, you've got to help them."

She added that she still loved crocs and found them "fascinating" creatures.

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