4 Jan 2011

Tourists rescued from flooded river

4:45 pm on 4 January 2011

Four German tourists have been rescued after their car got stuck in a crocodile-infested river in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Police say the group ignored warning signs and tried to cross Magela Creek on the Oenpelli Road just after 11am (ACST) on Monday.

The ABC reports the crossing is about 100 metres wide and was one metre under water at the time.

Superintendent Debbie Smith says the group tried to drive through the crossing at 80km per hour and the engine stopped about halfway across.

They were rescued about 30 minutes later.

Heavy rain fell around Kakadu National Park on Monday morning and police say it is lucky the car was not washed off the crossing.