Danish tourist Alexander Jensen, fiancee Julie Lelund and friend Nikolaj Nielsen were rescued last week after their vehicle became trapped in croc-infested waters. The trio were forced to abandon the car.
Danish tourist Alexander Jensen, fiancee Julie Lelund and friend Nikolaj Nielsen were rescued last week after their vehicle became trapped in croc-infested waters. The trio were forced to abandon the car.

Flood-stranded tourists fight off circling crocs

Three tourists trapped in the croc-infested waters of the Robinson River were forced to use the car's roof rack as a shield to protect themselves from the circling crocs.

The trio on the trip of a lifetime from Denmark spent five hours in the dead of night on the roof of their car until they were rescued by members of the nearby indigenous community last week.

 

 

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Danish tourists Alexander Jensen, 22, his fiancee Julie Lelund, and mate Nikolaj Nielsen floated precariously in the waters after their car became lodged on a rock during an attempted river crossing.

"We were f***ing frightened for our life," Mr Jensen said.

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The three friends had been crisscrossing the country on a working holiday for about six months when they made the fateful decision to drive from Cairns to Daly Waters last week.

Their first mistake? Second guessing Google Maps.

"We were approximately 300km down this gravel road and we hadn't seen any cars at all and no people and no houses," Mr Jensen said.

"We came to a big water hole that was a little bit bigger than the others so we just looked at our situation and could see that we didn't have any gas so we just (had to) go forward and ... we managed to get over but our car stopped and began to smoke."

They got the Ford Escape started again, but it would be the last crossing of its short life, thanks to their second mistake - trying to ford the Robinson River. In the Wet season. At night.

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"We hit a big rock and the engine stopped so we tried to turn the car on again but it was completely broken," Mr Jensen said. By this time it was after 1am and any thoughts the trio had of swimming for shore were abandoned when they spotted a 1.5m croc lurking nearby. "It was completely dark and no people and raining like hell," Mr Jensen said.

"The water was streaming in the car doors so we rolled the windows down and crawled up on the roof and I tried to call 000 but there was no connection. We did a little prayer before we tried to sleep and ... in the morning the car was still at the same spot but it was rocking back and forth because of the current."

After making it to shore, the backpackers' luck finally turned when they were picked up by passing members of the nearby indigenous community who took them in for the next week until a flight back to Darwin became available.

"After the first hour they all knew us and ... they came up and asked what happened and some of them told stories about crocodiles in the river and how lucky we were," Mr Jensen said.

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Danish tourist Alexander Jensen, fiancee Julie Lelund and friend Nikolaj Nielsen were being circled by crocs when their car got stuck in floodwaters. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD
Danish tourist Alexander Jensen, fiancee Julie Lelund and friend Nikolaj Nielsen were being circled by crocs when their car got stuck in floodwaters. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD

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