Man takes on dingoes to save girl

FRASER Island regular David Law is the man who put his own wellbeing on the line to save the life of a young girl being mauled by two dingoes on Fraser Island.

Yesterday he downplayed his heroics but was furious with the injured child's mother and grandmother for not supervising her.

“They caused this,” he said.

“They didn't look after her.”

As the Chronicle went to print last night the girl remained in Gympie Hospital in a stable condition, according to a Queensland Health spokeswoman.

Mr Law said he had been to his house in Eurong, on Fraser Island's east coast, and had travelled south by car to the barge station at Hook Point for the mid-afternoon transit to Inskip Point on the mainland.

At the Manta Ray ferry loading point he noticed a group of about eight adults, some children and three or four cars in front of the Kingfisher barge.

Two dingoes prowled the water's edge further along the beach but were tranquil.

“I looked down the beach and saw this young child by herself going over the dune, up another dune and into the bush,” Mr Law said.

“The dingoes were wandering down the beach and got to a point where they saw the girl and began to trot in her direction.”

“Nobody knew the girl had gone – I couldn't believe it.”

Horrified, Mr Law began to sprint in the girl's direction as the dingoes moved into attack mode.

Screaming “dingo”, he attracted the attention of another man who joined the race to save the girl.

At the top of the foredune, Mr Law saw the girl fleeing ahead of the snapping dingoes then stumbling.

From where she fell she was hidden from view in the dunes and at the dingoes' mercy.

“The male dog was on top of her and was attacking her for perhaps five seconds before me and another guy arrived to drive them off,” Mr Law said.

“I just ran my guts out – it's the only reason I got there in time.

“I'm just so glad she wasn't killed.

“We checked her to make sure no arteries had been severed and then her distraught mum arrived.”

Department of Environment and Resource Management chief Terry Harper said one of the dingoes involved in the attack had been shot, and another had been trapped and was due to be put down yesterday.

“Our experience shows there is only a split second between a playful approach, a bite and fatal attack,” Mr Harper said.

“It is why we place such importance on educating people how to behave around dingoes.”

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