Emerging from sand dunes naked, bloodied and with her legs covered in scratches, the young woman ran towards a nearby four-wheel-drive and jumped in.
She pleaded with the five fishermen standing nearby to save her.
“She looked at us. She didn’t know what was going on. She ran straight to the car yelling. She opened the back door, jumped straight in and like ‘Get me out of here, get me out of here. He’s going to kill us all,” fisherman Abdul-Karim Mohammed told Seven News.
“She had no clothes on so we just straight away gave her our jacket. She had some scratches and that on the legs. Look liked she’d been pulled around, dragged around and that.”
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It was the end of a horrific ordeal for the young woman in her early 20s who had been travelling with a friend.
They met a man in Adelaide who they agreed to drive to Melbourne with, but when they stopped off to camp for the night at Coorong National Park on South Australia’s coast the horrific attack began to unfold.
“It was Storm Boy turned into Wolf Creek,” camper Josh Harris told The Advertiser.
The fisherman who came upon the woman called for help and police arrived quickly on the scene.
There they arrested a 59-year-old man over the attacks.
Both women were injured, with reports that one of them had been run over by a car. The man, and the two women – one German and the other Brazilian – cannot be identified.
Grisly details of the attack emerged yesterday, as witness came forward in the media.
“We were shocked when we seen her and then we go ‘there’s something really bad going on here’,” Mohammed said of the girl who emerged from the dunes.
“She was just screaming, crying, yelling.”
At around 6.30pm on Tuesday the fishermen called a nearby roadhouse to ask for help.
Salt Creek Roadhouse proprietor Adam Stewart said he had convinced the panicked fishermen to return to the beach and try to find the other woman.
They stayed in mobile phone contact throughout as the fishermen searched for the missing woman.
“They saw a vehicle and a person running from that vehicle in a pretty bad shape. They weren’t sure if it was the driver (and) they weren’t sure whether to take off but I managed to get them to go back … and rescue the girl,” he told The Advertiser.