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Pregnant mother and her children are ravaged by crocodiles from the banks of a river after a nearby boat heard their ‘bloodcurdling cries’ in the middle of the night

  • Four adults and three children were dramatically rescued in the pouring rain
  • Passengers on nearby ship awakened by ‘bloodcurdling screams’

A pregnant woman and three children under six were among seven people dramatically rescued from a crocodile-infested river in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

The woman’s husband and two friends of the family made up the rest of the seven found on the banks of the Goomadeer River in the Northern Territory after their boat capsized in the pouring rain at 2 a.m.

Passengers on a recreational fishing vessel, the Seachange, anchored just 200 yards away, were awakened by what they described as “bloodcurdling screams” emanating from the 10.5-meter cruiser worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Seachange owner and CEO of the NT Chamber of Commerce, Greg Ireland, said he and six friends on board responded to an SOS call from the sinking boat.

“At 2 a.m. we responded to a distress call from a sinking ship with a family on board,” he wrote on Facebook.

Seven people, including a pregnant woman and three children, were found on the banks of the Northern Territory’s Goomadeer River after their boat (pictured) capsized at 2 a.m.

“It has been a stressful time, but glad it all turned out well from a safety point of view.

“It serves to remind us that when you travel to remote locations, every decision is critical and every preparation you make is potentially critical to your survival.”

It was low tide on the river, which is nearly 500 km east of the NT capital Darwin and an hour west of the Maningrida, allowing the passengers to reach the coast.

A spokesman for the Northern Territory Police and Fire Service said emergency services were called at around 3am.

Passengers on a recreational fishing vessel, the Seachange (pictured), anchored 200 yards away, were awakened by what were described as 'blood-curdling screams'

Passengers on a recreational fishing vessel, the Seachange (pictured), anchored 200 yards away, were awakened by what were described as ‘blood-curdling screams’

“All passengers have returned to Maningrida unharmed and safely,” the spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

“We are working on a salvage plan to salvage the sunken ship.”

The NT Police praised ‘the actions of the rescuers and all those who assisted in bringing the family back to Maningrida and securing the vessel in place for recovery.

“This was an excellent result and the police would continue to urge everyone on the territorial waterways to make sure you have the required safety equipment and to let someone know your plans, particularly where you are going and when you will be back .’

Police said people should “plan ahead and stay safe on the water.”

Mr. Ireland explained how the cruiser had fallen into the water.

“When it anchored it ended up on the shoreline but because it was too steep it couldn’t rest on an even keel and they disembarked on the bank when they thought they couldn’t salvage the boat,” he said. the NT News.

Seachange owner and NT Chamber of Commerce CEO Greg Ireland (pictured) said he and six friends on board responded to an SOS from the sinking boat

Seachange owner and CEO of NT Chamber of Commerce Greg Ireland (pictured) said he and six friends on board responded to an SOS from the sinking boat

He and a friend used a smaller vessel attached to the Seachange to rescue and bring the stranded adults and children, all wearing life jackets, to safety.

“They were a bit upset about what happened in the middle of the night, especially the young kids, but chocolate Easter eggs and lollipop snakes calmed things down and everyone slept soundly the next morning.”

He added that the family had a satellite communicator to call for help, “but thankfully we were five minutes away.”

Mr Ireland has been contacted for comment.

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