Couple saved from crocodile swamp by writing 'help' in mud

Couple saved from crocodile swamp by writing 'help' in mud

Couple saved from crocodile swamp by writing 'help' in mud

A couple have been rescued from a swamp in northern Australia after writing "help" in the mud to attract attention. The vehicle was mired on the riverbank for 26 hours, "miles from the nearest help", the station reported.

Shantelle Johnson, Colen Nulgit and their dog were on a fishing trip Monday when their auto got stuck in a bog. Their vehicle became bogged down in thick mud, leaving the couple and their dog stranded in the outback.

"We tried digging and we tried putting stuff under the tires but it didn't budge", Ms Johnson told ABC. "It was overwhelming, emotional yeah. we were pretty happy that we'd made it".

After spending the first night in their vehicle, the tide started to rise and they grabbed everything including their dog and moved about 100 feet from the auto.

"We were stuck on the marshland, and we were right next to saltwater", said Nulgit. "We stayed in the first night and then we saw the water rising".

The couple had written "HELP" in the mud, as a signal to anybody flying overhead.

"Hardly anyone goes out that way", Nulgit said of being stranded in the remote area.

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The couple hadn't got much food, water, or protection from crocodiles with them, but fortunately, they had told their friends where they would be, and they alerted the authorities.

Police organised a co-ordinated search effort for the couple using a fixed-wing plane.

"It could have been a different story if they hadn't done that", Acting Sergeant Dean Andrzejaczek of the Kununurra Police Department told the outlet.

"When they [the rescuers] came a bit lower to the ground, we jumped out of the vehicle and started to wave them down", Nulgit.

"When they did not return as scheduled, family contacted the Western Australia Police", said a video posted on the police force's Facebook page.

"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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