'Just glad we are all safe' after river crossing goes wrong

A member of a group whose vehicle was nearly washed away during an attempted river crossing says he is just glad everybody is safe.

Charlie Dougherty posted a video of the incident on Tik Tok where it generated more than 20,000 likes.

In the video, the group attempt to cross a river near Mt Cook in their ute when it is overcome with water and begins to sink.

The vehicle is later towed out of the river.

 - Warning: Video contains coarse language

"I'm just glad we are all safe. it's a bit of a wake up to not underestimate rivers," Dougherty said.

"We lost more than the truck, it was also all our gear that was in it, our hunting gear, camera gear and a phone." 

He said the problem was they were slightly lower than where they should have crossed the river.

"It's part of the risk of river crossing. I wasn't too scared, just stayed calm for the other two and made sure everyone was out including my dog."

Dougherty said everyone in the group calmly did what they needed to keep each other safe

The video received more than 200,000 views in just one day along with nearly 3000 comments on Facebook.

"Omg! My heart is red line, that freaks me out," one commenter said.

"Everyone calling them clowns. But disregard that, people attempt this crossing all the time." another commented.

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