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Tourist runs over a crocodile at creek crossing – before getting out into knee-deep infested water

A man who ran over a crocodile at a notorious creek crossing and then asked for help to move his damaged car has been ridiculed by locals.

Witnesses claim the driver of the Toyota Rav4 sped across Cahills Crossing, in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park, at high tide.

The crossing is often flooded with water and motorists are meant to wait until the water subsides before making the dangerous water crossing. 

But the driver ignored the warnings and struck a three-metre saltwater crocodile, a protected species in Australia. 

He then stepped into knee-deep water and asked for help pushing his car, which became bogged, in the presence of roughly 15 circling crocodiles.

  

A man ran over a crocodile at the notorious Cahills Crossing in Kakadu National Park

The crossing is often flooded with water and motorists are meant to wait until the water subsides before making the dangerous water crossing

The crossing is often flooded with water and motorists are meant to wait until the water subsides before making the dangerous water crossing

Tourist Liam Bentley who watched the action unfold told Daily Mail Australia that the driver approached the hazardous water crossing ‘without any prior thought’.

‘He immediately regretted it.’

The front bumper of the car was dislodged after it hit the crocodile.

Eventually the water caused the engine to cut out and the man became stuck on the outskirts of the crossing. 

He then got out of his vehicle into knee-deep water and appealed to around 20 tourists who were watching the action unfold from a safe distance to help push his four-wheel-drive to dry ground. 

His vehicle was finally salvaged when a fisherman on the other side of the crossing used his 4WD to push the man's Toyota to dry ground

His vehicle was finally salvaged when a fisherman on the other side of the crossing used his 4WD to push the man’s Toyota to dry ground

According to Mr Bentley, the man started yelling abuse at the tourists when they refused to help.  

There were around 15 crocodiles close to the vehicle at this point, feeding on fish. Around five of them were within about 20 metres of the man.

His vehicle was finally salvaged when a fisherman on the other side of the crossing used his 4WD to push the man’s Toyota to dry ground. 

The croc did not resurface and its condition remains unknown.  

Crocodiles can often be seen swimming in the waters around Cahills Crossing, located on the East Alligator River. 

It has gained a reputation of being Australia’s most dangerous water crossing. 

Other unlucky motorists attempting the crossing have been washed away by the water. 

People have tragically died after being taken by the saltwater crocodiles that lurk in the waters.

The crossing is located in Kakadu National Park, a protected area in the Northern Territory and home to Aboriginal rock art sites. 

Kakadu is jointly managed by the park’s traditional owners and Parks Australia.

Other unlucky motorists attempting the crossing have been washed away by the water (stock image) 

Other unlucky motorists attempting the crossing have been washed away by the water (stock image) 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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