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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:14 am

Three British tourists have been rescued from the roof of their campervan, after waking up to find themselves surrounded by floodwaters in a crocodile warning area in far north Queensland.

Swift water rescue teams were called to a camping at Green Patch, just south of Cairns, at about 6:00am today.

The picnic area was dry when the group parked there in their Scooby-Doo styled campervan last night, but the water rose around them during a huge overnight deluge.

Queensland Fire and Rescue officer Guy Bulmer was the first on the scene.

"The water levels were up the [at the] window level of the vehicle and there were three English backpackers on the roof," Mr Bulmer said.

"There was a croc sign almost right next to the vehicle."

"It was good they decided not to try and self-evacuate from the vehicle with water levels rising rapidly — and it had some flow.

"You just don't know what's in those flooded waters; there could be crocodiles or other obstacles that could cause injury".

There has been falls of up to 350 millimetres across the far north over the past 24 hours.

Weather forecaster Sean Luscombe said there had been a flood watch in place for the coast between Cooktown and Ingham.

"We will see a continuation of this rainfall throughout the day as that south-easterly surge moves up the coast, so heavy falls between Cooktown and Innisfail, " Mr Luscombe said.

Senior Constable Heidi Marek from Cairns Police warned motorists to drive to the conditions after two accidents on the Kuranda Range Road, north of Cairns.

"We've also had a tree come down on the Gillies Highway so we're asking drivers to check road conditions before they set off on their trip," Senior Constable Marek said.

http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/british-backpackers-wake-up-trapped-in-floodwaters-next-to-crocodile-warning-sign/ar-BBIKwgN?li=AAgfIYZ&ocid=ientp

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Post by magica on Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:05 pm

I bet they got up on the roof in snap time.

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Post by eddie on Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:12 pm

What kind of stupid idiot parks in a crocodile infested area?

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:50 pm

I have a client who lives in Cairns. He tells me crocs and snakes and icky spiders are just a fact of life. Looks like the rains came up quickly.

If they parked in the night, they might not have see the signs.

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Post by nicko on Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:58 pm

They put a ban on shooting "Salties" 40 years ago, since then they have multiplied, and are taking Cows etc. Time to lift the ban?
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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:29 pm

nicko wrote:They put a ban on shooting "Salties"  40 years ago,  since then they have multiplied, and are taking Cows etc.    Time to lift the ban?

No, I don't think so. we probably need to put some more resources into monitoring and management as well as relocating larger crocs.
Plus we should be eating more croc meat to make farming them more lucrative (already farmed for skins)

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Post by nicko on Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:05 am

But how do you control their numbers without culling them? You can't give them a contraceptive pill.
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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:30 am

nicko wrote:
But how do you control their numbers without culling them?    You can't give them a contraceptive pill

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Their numbers aren't the problem there,  nicko...

The 'Top End' is currently flooded, after heavy monsoonal rains (while the southern 95% of the continent is largely under some serious-to-severe drought conditions at the moment..),  which makes it easier for those croc's to move further afield..

Having a large scale cull would only be pandering to a few bloodthirsty shooters at the expense of the environment.   It would be a different matter again, if those croc's were actually threatening townships and farms, rather than just the odd 'independant' tourists straying into their territory.

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:09 pm

nicko wrote:But how do you control their numbers without culling them?    You can't give them a contraceptive pill.

take the eggs Wink

that's how you stock a croc farm

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-22/wild-crocodile-egg-harvesting-test-on-cape-york/8639412

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Post by Maddog on Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:15 pm

nicko wrote:They put a ban on shooting "Salties"  40 years ago,  since then they have multiplied, and are taking Cows etc.    Time to lift the ban?

I could use some new boots. Cool

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