Two Men Stranded in Crocodile-Infested River for Two Days After Boat Sinks

Two men in Australia have somehow escaped unscathed after spending 48 hours trapped in crocodile-infested waters.

The pair spent two nights in the wilderness without fresh food or water after their boat sank while traveling along the Daly River Boat Ramp toward Anson Bay in the Northern Territory on November 11.

They ran into trouble on the trip after their vessel struck an unknown submerged object. Within seconds, the boat was sinking, leaving the men with no time to trigger an emergency beacon.

Worse still, neither man had their cell phone with them as the boat sank, leaving them stranded in a remote part of the river with no means of contacting the outside world.

Aware that crocodiles could be lurking in the waters below, the two men took the decision to swim against the tide in order to reach a nearby island.

With options limited, they resorted to using the lid from a discarded Esky cooler box to write a message of "Help" in the hopes that another vessel passing nearby would find it.

Finally, on Saturday morning, their prayers were answered after the skipper of another boat traveling nearby spotted the debris from their sunken vessel. After a quick search of the surrounding area, they found the two stranded men.

Both were later taken to Royal Darwin Hospital but were discharged later that evening.

Commenting on their ordeal, Northern Territory Police Acting Sergeant Troy Harris acknowledged they had been fortunate to escape unscathed given the odds stacked against them.

"The men are very lucky to have survived this ordeal, given the remoteness of the area, the presence of saltwater crocodiles and the extreme heat at this time of year," he said.

Harris praised the men for their response to the situation.

"They swam directly for the nearest land and made efforts to attract attention," he said. "Importantly, they stayed put."

He also reserved particular praise for their rescuer.

"We especially commend the skipper of the rescue vessel for saving these two men," he said.

However, he did note that despite the men taking "every safety precaution" the situation arose, in part, because the equipment that could have helped them "was not readily accessible."

He urged anyone considering a trip of this kind to take a "grab bag" of safety equipment with them that is "easily accessible."

"The unexpected can happen, and it can happen in a matter of seconds," he warned.

Newsweek has contacted Northern Territory Police for comment.

Earlier this month, another man in Australia was lucky to escape with his life after being attacked by a saltwater crocodile in Queensland. The man was ultimately able to get away after stabbing the animal with a knife as it grabbed his leg and tried to pull him into a nearby river.

In October, the authorities were forced to intervene after an aggressive 14-foot "Icon" crocodile was spotted near a swimming and fishing hole popular with children in Queensland.

A crocodile partially submerged in a river.
Stock image of a crocodile - authorities say two men stranded on a small island in the middle of a river infested with crocodiles are lucky to be alive. Coral_Brunner/Getty