He had nowhere to go, except throw himself overboard. Bob Thatcher, a retired Australian banker, was quietly fishing in his small boat when he came face to face with a tiger snake, one of the world’s most dangerous species.
“Alone in his small fishing boat 1.8 meters by 1.2 meters, Mr. Thatcher was 11 km from shore when he saw the snake,” said The Guardian. Bob Thatcher had just dropped anchor in Lake Wellington – one of the coastal waterways in the East Gippsland region in Victoria, Australia – when he spotted this “strange thing. He was about 30 years old. cm from my feet and stuck out my tongue “.
Aware that he was in danger, the struggling fisherman immediately decided to return to shore. To prevent the snake from sneaking onto the boat, the 80-year-old man threw his sweater over the animal. He then grabbed his phone to warn his son so he could bring in a snake specialist. After a long 30 minute journey, Bob Thatcher arrived safe and sound on dry land.
When Baden Peter, from Gippsland Snake Catchers, arrived to deal with the stowaway, the stowaway had hidden in the hole where the fuel tank is located. The specialist had to arm himself with a little patience to finally catch him using a long pole. He then released the snake back into the wild.
According to him, the snake was able to get on board while Bob Thatcher was fishing. “He must have swam and thought that the boat was dry land,” says the specialist, who specifies that if the snake had bitten the old fisherman, he would have died before the end of the crossing. Depending on the severity of the bite, tiger snake venom can be fatal within 15 minutes.