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TV Crews Venture To Island In Search Of Rare Fish, Sees Something Unexpected Emerge From Cave

A TV crew looking for deadly animals on a remote Australian island stumbled upon a castaway fisherman marooned on the rocks.

Jeremy Wade of Animal Planet's “River Monsters” was hunting for a giant grouper fish in the waters of Barranyi, also called North Island, a barren group of islands 466 miles southeast of Darwin, in November 2015.

The team had initially tried to solve the mystery of six men who died in a plane crash near to the Gulf of Carpentaria. But choppy waters prevented the crew from shooting in their location of choice. So, they moved to another island and discovered the castaway.

As the five-man crew sailed through the crocodile-infested waters, they noticed a bright blue cooler floating in the water. Driving towards it, out popped a half-naked man from a cave waving his arms eagerly in the air.

The castaway, known only as Tremine, is a roofer from Borroloola in the Northern Territory. He had lost track of his boat when he was digging for oysters days earlier, according to The Huffington Post.

Hit with temperatures above 109 degrees, the castaway was disoriented, dehydrated and too weak to find fresh water or food.

"He had said his last prayer,” director Stephen Shearman told Inside Edition. “He was prepared to die and meet his maker.”

The amazing discovery was all caught on camera by the Animal Planet crew and was shown in an episode titled “Death Down Under.”

“We, first of all, saw a cooler on the rocks, and then one of us spotted, there’s somebody there,” Wade said. “He immediately came down to the water and he was yelling out, ‘Give me something to drink, give me something to drink.’”

Shearman said they had joked about finding actor Tom Hanks wandering the island before the rescue -- in a reference to the movie “Cast Away” -- when Tremine appeared.

Shearman estimates the survivor had been stranded for about 60 hours. "This guy is super experienced, goes out fishing a lot, he knows the landscape, he knows the dangers, and yet he succumbed to it so quickly."

Tremine has no wife or children and no one knew he had gone missing. He was immediately given water and hydration pills, which he vomited up.

"His body wasn't ready for that at all. His condition was quite serious," Shearman told Inside Edition. "I don't know if you've met Australian men, but they're very proud," he explained. "The idea that he'd gotten lost was mortifying for him."

Sources: Inside EditionThe Huffington Post / Photo credit: River Monsters via The Huffington Post

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