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Campers rescued from 'Mystery Machine' after overnight flood

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(UPI) Three backpackers sleeping in a van painted like Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine woke up to find their vehicle partially submerged in Australian floodwaters.

A video posted to Facebook by Pyramid Views shows the van used by the British campers submerged almost up to its roof while parked at a picnic area in Gordonvale, Queensland, following heavy overnight rains.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Officer Guy Bulmer was the first responder on the scene about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"The water levels were up the [at the] window level of the vehicle and there were three English backpackers on the roof," Bulmer told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. There was a croc sign almost right next to the vehicle.

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Fire and Rescue officers helped the campers travel from the roof of the vehicle to dry land.

"It was good they decided not to try and self-evacuate from the vehicle with water levels rising rapidly -- and it had some flow," Bulmer said. You just don't know what's in those flooded waters; there could be crocodiles or other obstacles that could cause injury.

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