Rescuers: Dad saved toddler from dingo attack in Australia

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CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA – JULY 27: A ariel view as Royal Flying Doctor Service Pilot Ross Thomas flys towards Dunbar Station from Cairns during a medical field visit on July 26, 2018 in Cairns, Australia. Dunbar is a 2 million acre cattle station situated in the Gulf of Carpentaria along side Rutland Plains typically running 20,000 […]

SYDNEY (AP) — Rescue personnel said a father fought off several dingoes to save his 14-month-old son from one of the wild dogs that was dragging the boy from their campervan on an Australian island early Friday.

The boy had deep cuts on his head from the attack on Fraser Island in Queensland state, paramedic Ben Du Toit said.

The family was sleeping when a dingo entered their campervan. Du Toit said the parents awoke to their son’s cries, the sound fading as he was dragged away.

The father ran outside and fought off several dingoes to rescue his son.

“He was apparently grabbed around the back of the neck area and dragged away. So, if it wasn’t for the parents and their quick thinking and fighting off the dingoes, he probably would have had more severe injuries,” Frank Bertoli, a pilot for RACQ Life Flight, told Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The boy was airlifted to a hospital early Friday.

Bertoli said the boy is the third child attacked by dingoes on Fraser Island this year.

The island is part of an Australian national park and is known for its rainforests, wetlands and extensive coastal dunes.

Fraser Island authorities also issue strong warnings for visitors to avoid dingoes and to not try to draw their attention or leave food behind.

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