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29 February 2024

Backpackers rescued from river infested by crocodiles

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By Bang

Three British backpackers were rescued after flash floods surrounded their campervan and the water was full of salt water crocodiles.

The group were sat on top of the roof of the vehicle after the rising floodwaters in Australia surrounded the vehicle, the Metro.co.uk reports.

A spokesman for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said: "We received a call at about 6am this morning to reports of three backpackers stranded due to flood water just off the Bruce Highway at Gordon Vale.

"The backpackers said the area was a crocodile notice area and they were concerned.' QFES water rescue teams, along with paramedics and police, raced to the scene and arrived to find the water had risen considerably since the alarm was raised.

"When we were called the water was just above the wheels. There are signs in the area warning people of the crocodiles and as they were on the phone the water continued to rise.

"It got up to around three quarters of the vehicle and they got onto the roof."