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Man shoots co-worker while rescuing him from crocodile

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  • Man rescues co-worker from jaws of crocodile in northern Australia
  • He shot crocodile, causing it to let go of man's arm, second shot hit man's arm
  • The two were collecting crocodile eggs by a river bank in the Northern Territory
  • Wounded man's injuries were not life-threatening
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(CNN) -- A man who rescued a co-worker from the jaws of a crocodile in northern Australia also accidentally shot him in the process, police said.

A mature saltwater crocodile in the the murky waters of the Adelaide River, near Darwin in the Northern Territory.

The two men were collecting crocodile eggs by a river bank in Australia's Northern Territory Tuesday when a crocodile grabbed Jason Grant by the lower right arm, a spokeswoman for the area police told CNN.

The second man, Zac Fitzgerald, shot the crocodile, causing it to let go of Grant's arm. But a second shot that Fitzgerald fired struck Grant in the upper right arm, said Northern Territory police spokeswoman Katie Fowden.

Grant, who is in his late 20s, was flown to a hospital for treatment of both the bullet and the crocodile wounds. His injuries were not life-threatening, Fowden said.

The two men are workers at a crocodile farm in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. They were collecting the eggs legally, police said. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report

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