Two foreign backpackers are recovering from a nightmarish ordeal after a man allegedly tried to kidnap and murder them at a South Australian beach.
The international backpackers were found by local fisherman at Tea Tree Point beach near Salt Creek in Coorong National Park, east of Adelaide, on Tuesday evening, News Corp Australia reports.
Police Superintendent James Blandford told reporters one of the women managed to escape and find help.
“One of the victims was able to run away and came across some people who were fishing in the area and they were able to comfort and secure her and make phone calls to police,” he told NewsCorp.
"The details I can’t go into because it’s still a very fresh investigation and there are still a number of inquiries and witnesses that we need to tie down a story."
The two women were travelling with the man when he allegedly attacked them at the beach. They were reportedly on their way from Adelaide to Victoria with the man, who's understood to be a drifter.
The woman who managed to escape and find help was "naked and bloody" when she ran up to the fishermen for help, according to Network 9.
The two victims were transported to the Flinders Medical Centre with serious injuries. One of the women reportedly remains there in a stable condition.
Police on Wednesday arrested a man from Morphett Vale over the terrifying attack.
He appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court charged with attempted murder, unlawful sexual intercourse without consent, unlawful detention and aggravated causing serious harm, according to media reports.
The alleged attacker was remanded in custody and will next face court in April.