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Aug142007

"I'm Not Falling Out Of This Tree For You Bastards"

x.gifThe Crocodile Hunter had nothing on this tough cookie. Sometimes I'm really proud to be an Aussie. How's this guy? Seven nights up a tree with a couple of hungry crocs waiting below. I'm running this story I got off the wire straight.

A stockman has told how he spent a week stuck up a tree in remote North Queensland bushland, as hungry crocodiles waited below.

David George, 53, set out from his Silver Plains cattle station, near Coen in far north Queensland, on August 1 to conduct a routine burn-off.

The horse he was riding stumbled in rough terrain, police said, knocking Mr George unconscious.

The stockman managed to stay on the horse's back, and after coming to, realised the horse had led him into croc-infested swampland.

"I had to get off the horse and fall on the long eight foot high 2.5 metre) swamp grass to clear a path, when I fell straight into a crocodile nest," Mr George told The Courier-Mail newspaper.

"That spooked me.

"There were some monstrous tracks and the big ones are never far from the nest."

He scrambled up a nearby tree, where, bloody from the fall and with only two sandwiches to eat, the cattleman spent the next seven days.

"Every night I was stalked by two crocs who would sit at the bottom of the tree staring up at me," Mr George said.

"All I could see was two sets of red eyes below me and all night I had to listen to a big bull croc bellowing a bit further out.

"I'd yell out at them, 'I'm not falling out of this tree for you bastards'."

Despite Mr George's efforts to attract the attention of overhead search crews, including reflecting sunlight off his tobacco tin and spreading a roll of toilet paper in the tree's branches, the dense bush prevented rescuers from seeing him.

After seven long nights, Mr George braved the crocs and ventured out of the thick scrub, where he was spotted by a mustering helicopter involved in the search.

Police, the Australian Defence Force, Emergency Management Queensland and local State Emergency Service (SES) personnel had been involved in an air and ground search for Mr George for several days.

"They gave me a Cherry Ripe chocolate bar after they winched me up to the chopper - it was like a gourmet meal," Mr George said.

Mr George was taken to Coen Hospital to receive treatment for his cuts, and was released hours later.

He is now recovering from the ordeal back on his remote cattle station.

I reckon this bloke should be nominated for Australian of the Year. David George, we salute you.

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Reader Comments (1)

David George left this comment on the wrong story so I'm reposting it here - "Thanks mate- your story is the most accurate so far. As for Australian of the year? well mate I'm just an average aussie guy trying to make a living for my family, like millions of others. But thank you for the thought.

Cheers Mate

David George"
September 2, 2007 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe

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