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UK campers rescued from flooding in Australia.

THREE English backpackers have been saved from rising floodwaters in Australia after their campervan was submerged in a crocodile warning area.

Emergency services in Queensland launched a rescue mission after the men, in their early 20s, were spotted perched on the vehicle's roof, metres from a sign warning of the presence of the deadly animals.

The northern state's waterways are home to saltwater crocodiles, the largest species of the fearsome reptile, that are known to occasionally prey on humans.

The group had arrived at the riverside area near Gordonvale, about 15 miles south of Cairns, on Monday evening, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said.

Unluckily for the backpackers, they pitched up after several groups had left the campsite after being warned by a local of the risk from rapidly rising floodwaters.

QFES officer Guy Bulmer, who was first on the scene, said: "During the night and the course of the evening, they noticed water entering the campervan and there was a croc sign quite close by. The signs are not there for general information. It's quite specific - there are crocodiles there.

"They went to the roof of the van and it's not until they were seen this morning that someone saw them there."

Rescue teams, along with paramedics and police went to the scene, arriving shortly after the alarm was raised at about 6am (7pm GMT Monday). They found the campervan half-submerged, with about 100m of water between the vehicle and rescuers, who deployed an inflatable dingy.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 7, 2018
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