Fishermen survive sinking in croc-infested waters

TWO fishermen have been rescued from croc infested waters on the Northern Territory coast after their boat sank.

The ABC reports the fishermen, aged 32 and 34, had set out from a boat ramp at Shady Camp earlier this week and anchored for the night off Finke Bay, about 134 kilometres from Darwin.

They were sleeping when their six-metre boat flipped in strong winds at about 8:00 on Tuesday night.

“When the tide turned we had to get off the hull and risk the two-kilometre swim to shore,” one of the fishermen told rescuers.

“We’d see two crocs over four metres long near our boat overnight but the only option we had was to start swimming, carrying their emergency beacon with them.

“Those waters are full of lizards and biters. We thought we were finished.”

On reaching the shore they activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) which sent a signal via satellite to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) headquarters in Canberra.

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