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Submitted: Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 21:21
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a friend just returned from NT and said that tour mob ( something Wilderness) went across a causeway with 7 backpackers while water was 1500mm high and lost it...in a croc infested river?
all are okay, but apparently his first reply was.."it was only 500mm two days ago"
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Reply By: Joe King - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 21:56

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 21:56
Makes you wonder what he's doing driving a tour when he can't tell a 1.0m difference visually in a crossing he see's as though it seems, every couple of days, wonder if he's pee'd in a plastic jar for his employer lately
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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 22:22

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 22:22
hmmmm. Wilderness 4WD Adventures I guess.

They drive troopies, but in the wet season they run very few tours, and probably have trouble finding good guides.

I saw them in Kakadu NP with Troopies recently - driver did have good local knowledge, but I got worried when he asked to "borrow" a bandaid (inadequate as that was) from my first aid kit for a client of his who had almost ripped his toe off on some catch point on the vehicle when he was getting out, and was in a pretty bad way.

The poor tour group had got holed up at Cooinda for a day with a vehicle failure - probably hard to avoid entirely though.

I'll have to ask around.
Ciao for now
Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 07:51

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 07:51
sounds like the mob
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 22:23

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 22:23
About 10 years ago during as flash flood near Hermannsburg, NT two OKA's got washed downstream off a causeway. The first driver thought that the water was fordable and downstream they went. The next driver from the same tour company who was a way behind the first vehicle came along and thought Ah!..the other one went through, and she plowed the vehicle into the swollen river as well. And it too went downstream. 15 passengers and two drivers nearly lost their lives as they were swept from the vehicles into the raging waters. Complacency..................
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 08:55

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 08:55
Could be true, in light of the problems with hiring and keeping quality staff in outback areas.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:23

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:23
Very true - that's why I've still got this job! ROFLMAO! Anyone want it.
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:32

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:32
Sorry Ruth, I don't want your job, but do you want to join mine? hahahahaha
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Reply By: Laura B - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 12:35

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 12:35
cannt believe that people are really that stupid!!Local lady here drowned the other day cos it was flash flooding and tried to cross cause way....car was swept away....gooone!!only feel sorry for people involved..family,friends yada yada yada...

Laura B
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