By Oisin Sweeney • 06 January 2021 • 12:03
The fugitive spent four days avoiding police in crocodile-infested mangroves near Darwin, Australia - Image Source: Twitter
A PAIR of Australian fisherman has rescued a fugitive who spent four days surviving on a diet of snails in crocodile-infested waters to evade police.
Luke Voskeresenky was on bail release awaiting trial for armed robbery when he cut off his electronic tag and fled to crocodile-infested swampland on the outskirts of the Australian city of Darwin.
After stripping off his clothes for various uses, he survived on a diet of snails and by clinging to trees to avoid being attacked by the swamp’s resident crocodiles. The 40-year old was discovered by two fishermen who had sailed out on a dinghy to set crab traps in the mangroves.
He was caked in mud and covered in cuts and insect bites when the two friends found him and offered their help. The fugitive enjoyed a much-needed beer as he was brought back to civilisation, safety, and the Australian justice system.
He was rearrested by Northern Territory Police and will face trial next month for aggravated assault and breaching bail restrictions. Despite being glad they saved the fugitive, the two fishermen said they decided not to visit him in prison upon learning that he was wanted for serious crimes.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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