A man trapped for three days in a flooded Australian Gulf Country fishing hut while being stalked by large crocodiles has been rescued and taken to safety by two fishermen.
Terry Donovan, 65, was rescued by the professional fishermen who followed a helicopter across kilometres of flooded wilderness to a hut on Dinah Island in the Staaten River.
Mr Donovan said one of the crocodiles lunged at a wallaby sheltering on his back veranda.
He was afraid that once the water rose high enough, a large 4m saltie just outside could swim in and attack.
“The first time I saw it and it saw me, it was just outside. It sank below the surface and I saw it swim under the house,” he said.
“I was determined I wasn’t going outside, come hell or high water.”
Mr Donovan had been caretaking at the Staaten River Fishing and Wilderness Lodge on Dinah Island since November, when he was cut off by floodwater and forced to fend for himself for three days.
“I’m 65 years old, and I had never experienced a wet season,” Mr Donovan said after arriving in Cairns yesterday afternoon.
After a relatively dry period, heavy rain over the past 10 days caused widespread flooding in the Gulf.
“The water was just coming up bit by bit, and I thought it’s not going to rain forever, it can’t keep raining,” he said.
Setting himself in the highest spot he could find in the house, Mr Donovan took refuge on a billiard table and packed it with supplies.