An Australian teenager has survived two bites from one of the world's deadliest snakes thanks to the quick thinking of friends who recently completed a first aid course.
It was the second time Ryan Cole, 15, of Mundubbera, about 240 miles northwest of Brisbane, has been bitten by a deadly snake in a year.
Ryan was bitten twice on the foot by a coastal taipan, which has the third most toxic venom of all land snakes, as he jumped into a popular swimming hole in the Burnett River on Sunday, The Courier-Mail reports.
"I've been attacked twice and bitten four times — that's pretty unlucky," the recuperating teen said Thursday as he relived the ordeal with his friends.
"But then it is really lucky to have survived. I'm really grateful to my mates that they knew what to do and did it."
His brother Jakob, 16, and friends Scott Smith, Josh Allen, Lee Carson and Torren Wood heard his call for help and dragged him from the waterhole as he started convulsing and bleeding from the mouth.
Cole was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Sundayt night and spent the next three days in intensive care. He returned home on Wednesday and is recovering slowly.