A 29-year-old Cairns man has been found safe and well after being rescued from a crocodile-infested river in far north Queensland.
A rescue helicopter was called to search for the man in the Lakefield National Park on Saturday night.
Pilot Darryl Humphreys says the man became separated from his friends during a camping trip.
"Where we pulled him out of he was on the edge of a waterway, which unknown to him there was actually quite a large crocodile just across on the other side of the bank," he said.
"[This] was interesting for our winch man who had to go down and get him, but at the end of the day everything turned out all right, so it was good."
He says the man, who had been alone in the bush for 24 hours, used the flash on his camera to help the crew find him.
"We asked him if he knew there was a croc there because we could see it on the night vision goggles," he said.
"Obviously he didn't have any of that sort of technology with him, but he said he knew there was something there because he could hear noises.
"It wouldn't have been a lot of fun just sitting out there in the pitch black not knowing exactly what's around you.
"He was pretty happy to be on board the aircraft and back out of there."