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Crickey!: Man stuck up tree in crocodile infested swamp for 7 days.

In amazing story, australia, Crocodile, David George, Human survival, natural world, News, Video of Crocodile Tree, wild animals, World on August 14, 2007 at 9:49 am

 Don’t look down!

Crickey!

In the true stereotypical Aussie spirit of Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee, a 54-year-old Australian man has spent seven nights up a tree over a crocodile infested swamp in the isolated Cape York Peninsula in Australia’s tropical north.

The man who works and co-owns a massive cattle station (ranch), called Silver Plains, was stalked by two massive crocodiles for the entire ordeal, who were waiting patiently for the man to make a slip and fall into the infested nest below.

“Every night I was stalked by two crocs who would sit at the bottom of the tree staring up at me,” David George told Aussie media.

“All I could see was two sets of red eyes below me and all night I had to listen to a big bull croc bellowing a bit further out.

“I’d yell out at them, ‘I’m not falling out of this tree for you bastards’.”

The cavalier bushman left the station homestead on horseback intending to spend a few nights out in the scrub for maintenance duties, when just before dawn on the second day he had a fall when riding, experiencing a heavy knock to the head.

The stockman managed to get back on his horse, but was too disorientated to know exactly which way to go and his ride ended up taking him into thick croc infested swamp land.

“Doing that I hit my arm and my head and was sort of half-dazed,” Mr George said.

“Then I got back on the horse … I let the horse go, knowing he’d take me home.

But his horse was not as smart as he had assumed.

“When I realised where we were, we were about a kilometre into the swamp.”

Once in the thick of it David decided to get off as the soggy ground was making it tough for the horse to move, and found himself stumbling though the marshy terrain when he came across a croc nest.

When he changed directions to flee, he soon came across another nest, and it was then that he realised that he was in serious trouble.

story1.gif One tough Bloke.

Deciding that he could not lead the horse out safely without risking his own life, he left the doomed horse and made a be-line for a nearby tree and played the waiting game.

“I took the stirrup leather off and strapped myself to the tree,” he said.

“I knew I could either stay put and wait to be rescued, or venture out and chance being eaten by a croc.

“Every night from the second night on I could hear a bull croc bellowing out, and each night he seemed to be getting closer.”

Later, a search and rescue mission began, where helicopters regularly passed over the top of his position, but the bush was way too thick for crews to spot him.

The scrub was that thick they could not see me through the foliage. It was very frustrating – they flew within 20 feet (6m) of me at one stage,”

He was eventually found by an Australian Army chopper crew, and winched to safety.

He was taken to hospital with nothing but a few scratches and a serious bout of hunger.

It was unkown what happened to the horse, but one can assume it became a tasty treat for the friendly fresh water crocs. 

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See our man here…

I prefer the real Crocodile Dundee.

That’s not a knife… That’s a lame youtube video.

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  1. OHMYGOODNESS!!! How scary. It would probably have to eat me I wouldn’t know what to do ha.
    Nice story!

  2. And where was Crocodile Dundee while this poor man was trapped? No where! That lazy fuck! Guess he only comes out to save people when it is a hot blonde chick in a thong!

    Then again….

  3. what happened to the horse?

  4. Dinner.

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