Sign in the sand led to rescue from crocs

Elias Hubbard
April 18, 2019

An Australian couple has used some old-fashioned ingenuity after getting stuck in a swamp for 26 hours in a remote part of the outback.

The couple and their puppy, Ace, were forced to spend Sunday night in the vehicle but said they feared the rising tide would bring in crocodiles.

Eventually, they were forced to spend the night in their vehicle while they awaited rescue and their auto started to sink further into the marshland.

Shantelle Johnson and her partner Colen Nulgit were on a fishing trip in Keep River National Park, Northern Territory when their auto became bogged down. To make things worse, the two had seen "two or three croc tracks" from crocodiles they estimated to be 5 or 6 meters (16-20 feet) long.

Though the couple tried digging the vehicle's tires out of the mud, nothing seemed to work, and with night closing in and the tide from nearby saltwater expected to rise - bringing along crocodiles, they feared - Nulgit and Johnson spent the night in their auto with limited food and a few bottles of water.

"We tried digging and we tried putting stuff under the tyres but it didn't budge", Johnson told News Australia.

"Earlier that day we saw two, three croc tracks - they were about five, six metres long", Nulgit said adding they were anxious what the tide would bring come nightfall.

"We grabbed everything and took it about 20, 30 metres from the vehicle".

"We were pretty scared and anxious, but we were just hoping someone would come".

But when they didn't return home overnight, their family became alarmed and alerted police.

Authorities then coordinated a search using a fixed-wing plane, Western Australia Police explained in a video about the rescue posted to their Facebook page.

Mr Nulgit told Newsweek: "When they came a bit lower to the ground, we jumped out of the auto and started to wave them down".

"If they had not lit the fire and advised family members details of when they were departing and an expected return time, the couple may not have been located", police said in a statement.

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