A 54-year-old man was airlifted to hospital in a stable condition after suffering multiple crocodile bites in the Daly River region this afternoon.

It’s understood the man was wading in a waterway collecting food near the Palumpa community when he was attacked by a crocodile estimated to be two metres in length.

The NT CareFlight Rescue Helicopter took off from Darwin shortly before 4pm, flying to the Palumpa community.

The man had managed to escape the crocodile and walk away before he was driven to the Palumpa medical clinic where he was given initial treatment for bites to the chest and arm.

CareFlight’s doctor and nurse provided further treatment and ongoing care in the helicopter.

He was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital at 6.40pm to undergo further assessment and treatment.