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A women's team competing in a barra tournament at the Northern Territory's Corroboree Billabong last weekend had a lucky escape after a crocodile tried to push their boat over.

According to ABC News, Toni Flouse, competing in the Secret Women's Business Fishing Challenge, said her team was fishing in a bay of lilies when they spotted a floating lure. She said the group had considered reaching out and retrieving it but Ms Flouse jokingly said, "No, no, Mr Crocodile might come out of the water". Sure enough, out of nowhere, came a three-metre crocodile.

"It was just amazing," she said. "Not five seconds later a croc just launched itself out of the water and smashed itself against the boat. "He looked like he was aiming for [one of the women on the boat], that's for sure.

"She was sitting on the casting deck at the bow. It got a bit crazy to be honest - a little bit of swearing and panic. She actually jumped up and repositioned herself very hastily. We were beside ourselves, honestly. It was quite scary."

Ms Flouse said the boat had "battle scars" on its side after the attack. "He hit the boat really hard," she said. We all talked about the fact that we would absolutely reconsider standing on the casting deck to fish in future. If we had been standing we honestly believe that from the jolt against the boat that we would've lost balance and had fallen over."

Corroboree Billabong is renowned for its healthy population of large saltwater crocodiles.

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