posted on Dec, 22 2003 @ 05:06 PM
This would be a horrifying situation to be in for all concerned,
The trio had been trail bike riding in the area, about 80km from Darwin, and Mr Mann had waded into the river to clean his trail bike, while his two
19-year-old mates were washing down their bikes on the river bank.
Mr Mann was taken by the crocodile as his horrified and helpless mates watched on, Darwin police sergeant Erica Sims said.
The younger men swam into the river in a desperate bid to help their mate.
But they quickly scrambled up a tree in the middle of the river as the croc - with Mr Mann's remains in its jaws - moved towards them.
The two 19-year-olds stayed in the tree for 22 hours as the croc "stalked" them, Sgt Sims said.