Hunt for brave trio

Bid to thank life savers

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TER­RI­TORY crash sur­vivor Tim Dun­can is search­ing for three Abo­rig­i­nal men who helped save his life fol­low­ing a hor­ror car ac­ci­dent in 2009.

Mr Dun­can shared his story of sur­vival with ABC Dar­win in May, and has now teamed up with the pub­lic broad­caster to track down his res­cuers and thank them for their ef­forts.

Mr Dun­can, a for­mer Kather­ine doc­tor, suf­fered lifethreat­en­ing in­juries af­ter his car rolled in Fe­bru­ary 2009 in Kakadu Na­tional Park.

“I just fin­ished work­ing for a cou­ple of months in Kather­ine Hos­pi­tal and my then girl­friend Han­nah came up to join me and to­gether we were go­ing to drive back through Kakadu Na­tional Park,” he told ABC Ra­dio.

“On the road to Cooinda, that was all fine, but we were rush­ing back on a late af­ter­noon/early evening to get to Dar­win to meet our friends and catch our flight out the next morn­ing.

“Com­ing along the West Arn­hem Hwy at dusk, I was keen to get a cricket score … I leaned down to tune in the ra­dio to see if we could pick up a sig­nal.

“As I was fum­bling through the dial and I had my eyes off the road, Han­nah shouted out, ‘Timbo!’ and I quickly looked up and in­stinc­tively swerved, even though there was noth­ing on the road to hit.” Quickly, the car started to fish­tail, com­pletely out of con­trol.

“My heart sank, I knew we were in trou­ble,” Mr Dun­can said.

“We were go­ing at 130km/h, the le­gal limit … the last thing I re­mem­ber was putting my arm up to brace for the crash as the road came closer and closer as the car rolled.”

The car rolled six times into scrub­land, be­fore land­ing up­side down.

“I lost con­scious­ness and thought I was dead. The next thing I saw was this smil­ing black face look­ing down on me,” Mr Dun­can said. “It was an Abo­rig­i­nal man, two of his friends be­hind him.” The three Abo­rig­i­nals stayed with the cou­ple un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived from Jabiru.

He’s now search­ing for the brave trio to thank them. The NT’s cur­rent road toll now sits at 42, com­pared to 23 for the same time last year.

Tim Dun­can and then part­ner Han­nah were trav­el­ling on the Arn­hem Hwy in Fe­bru­ary 2009 when their car rolled and Tim suf­fered crit­i­cal in­juries

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