Man charged with allegedly attacking two female backpackers in Australia

COORONG NATIONAL PARK, Australia (Reuters) — A man was charged with the alleged rape, assault and attempted murder of two female foreign backpackers on Wednesday (February 10), local media reported.

The attack happened on a remote stretch of beach at Coorong National Park on Wednesday, about 156 kilometers (97 miles) from the South Australian state capital city of Adelaide.

According to local media, one of the women escaped from the attacker and was spotted by four men fishing nearby. The men then contacted a near-by roadhouse, who contacted called the police.

“She didn’t know what was going on, she ran straight to the car yelling, opened the back door, jumped straight in and just like ‘get me out of here, get me out of here, yeah just, he’s going to kill us all.’ And she had some scratches and that on the leg so it looked like she’d been pulled around, dragged around and that. She had a bruised eye, maybe he would have punched her or something,” said fisherman Abdul-Karim Mohammed.

South Australian Police have not released the extent of both the women’s injuries or their nationalities.