Oz Woman Saved From Croc-Infested River

A woman has had a narrow escape after her pick-up became stranded in a crocodile-infested river in Australia’s remote Northern Territory.

And she was only rescued in Kakadu National Park thanks to a sea eagle attracting the attention of a tour boat operator.

Tourists Bev Turner and her husband Larry, on holiday from South Africa, were aboard the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise vessel when their guide spotted the bird on the river and turned the boat around for a closer look.

The eagle led them to the notorious Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River where they came across the woman trapped inside her vehicle, surrounded by rushing water.

Mrs Turner said: “There was a poor girl stuck in there, the water was too deep for her to get out.”

The tour boat pulled up alongside and the guide pulled the woman to safety.

Mrs Turner added: “She was quite calm in the car but in the boat she was dry-retching, vomiting, she was in shock.”

Her ordeal comes after a 62-year-old man was killed by a crocodile in the same region earlier this month.

Human remains were later found inside a large crocodile shot by rangers searching for the victim.

Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to seven metres (23 feet) long and weigh more than a tonne.

The attack was the second crocodile fatality in Kakadu National Park this year after the death of a 12-year-old boy in January. Another boy was also attacked but managed to fight off the reptile.

Crocodile numbers have swelled in Australia since the species was protected by law in 1971.

Kakadu National Park is World Heritage-listed and is where the original Crocodile Dundee movie, starring Paul Hogan, was filmed.

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16 June 2014 | 5:47 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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