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Tourists rescued from croc-infested Aussie river

The Local · 3 Jan 2011, 11:30

Published: 03 Jan 2011 11:30 GMT+01:00

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The German group were stranded in Kakadu National Park, to the west of flood-ravaged Queensland, where residents are battling rising waters described by one official as “biblical.”

Kakadu, an area made famous by the film ''Crocodile Dundee,'' has also experienced heavy rainfall and police said the Germans were lucky their car was not washed away. The group – two men and two women – ignored warning signs and tried to cross Magela Creek on the Oenpelli Road in Australia’s far-north Arnhem Land on Monday.

The river crossing, which is about 100 metres wide, was under about a metre of water.

Northern Territory police superintendent Debbie Smith told broadcaster ABC that the group tried to drive across at 80 kilometres per hour. But the engine stopped halfway across. They were rescued about half an hour later.

“Some witnesses nearby had warned them not to enter the water because they are croc-infested and the people have climbed onto the roof of their vehicle awaiting rescue,” a clearly unimpressed Superintendent Smith said.

“Fortunately nobody was injured, but it certainly put everybody's lives in a bit of danger in that regard - and unnecessarily - and as well caused quite a bit of water damage to the inside of the police vehicle.”

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At least three people have died in the worst flooding in decades in the large, northeastern state of Queensland in recent days. The floods have affected an area the size of Germany and France combined.

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Your comments about this article

12:10 January 3, 2011 by majura

They're useful.
12:13 January 3, 2011 by twisted
Stupidity knows no nationality.
12:42 January 3, 2011 by Gretl
Germans need chaperones when travelling abroad.

Majura - I second.
13:15 January 3, 2011 by vjtheking
Damn Aussies... Should have put up huge ACHTUNG signs for the stupid Germans who go there. Just as they've put up signs for the stupid Americans who rent cars there and decide to drive on the right (wrong) side!
15:14 January 3, 2011 by yhsanjay
I wish they had the Elton John song Crocodile Rock to sway to and to rock with the crocodiles there.

Its true- stupidity crosses all barriers!
15:14 January 3, 2011 by Kayak
Hey mate! I'd like mine ...mit Senf bitte. Mmmm, lecker!
15:35 January 3, 2011 by cklb
Yeah, but don't ask people in Queensland to translate stuff to German. They had a sign there at the beach: "Marine stingers are known to be present in this area." - translation was "Seemarinestachel sind bekannt Geschenk in dieser Gegend zu sein" (Sth. like "Marine stingers are known to be a present in this area")...
16:04 January 3, 2011 by GermanAussier
from actually living in northern Australia, I know it's always the Germans who get themselves into trouble. As silly as American are sometimes, they do obey signs. Signs that usually have a big picture on it to indicate what they mean. Germans however...........
16:08 January 3, 2011 by beeker
80 KMH to cross water? They must have thought that they had rented an Amphicar. Bet the rental car company is less than thrilled. The fine print in the collision waiver policy doesn't cover stupidity. Note always send the tallest ahead to check water depth. To check for crocs send the juiciest.
19:20 January 3, 2011 by Expat IV
vjtheking and GermanAussier

Please do not assume that Brits are the only English speakers who read TL. Stereotypes are offensive. Every culture can make negative remarks about other cultures which differ from their own. Brits drive on the left side of road. North Americans, South Americans, Europeans all drive on the right side of the road making left-side drivers a world-wide minority. Have you never accidentally driven on the "wrong" side of the road when out of Britain? Does that make you stupid? No, simply unaccustomed to something different from your own experience.

American Expat
20:19 January 3, 2011 by wenddiver
They are lucky they put their beach towels on top o their car to reserve the best spots!! : )
22:26 January 3, 2011 by GermanAussier
Expat IV actually I would of thought saying Americans are silly sometimes is probably the least offensive thing i could have said. If you were to note I actually gave Americans a backhanded compliment. Maybe you should open yourself up to some dry British and Australian humour/culture
23:30 January 3, 2011 by Christine1
This was actually a very entertaining article with attached very entertaining comments! :-)
23:59 January 3, 2011 by MaKo
Our dislike of Americans is so great that we can use a story about Germans failing to heed signs in Australia to take digs at them! We are superior!
01:49 January 4, 2011 by Gretl
I"m sorry, MaKo, who is superior? Please identify your nationality so we can make fun of you properly.
07:38 January 4, 2011 by wenddiver
@Gretl- Don't waste your time, guys like Mako only find blowing themselves up amongst us Infidels funny. My friends in Sweden and Denmark say they like cartoons though! Got any good ones about Mohamed??
10:05 January 4, 2011 by MaKo
I'm not a guy!

Nice work, wenddiver. Now the Americans don't need to feel singled out on this thread.
10:31 January 4, 2011 by storymann
Where is Crocodile Dundee ?
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