In an incident fit for the survivor series, an adventure seeking New Zealander was stuck in a West Australian island for two weeks, stalked by a six-metre crocodile, whenever attempted to leave, in his 2.5m long kayak. The distraught tourist was finally rescued, on Saturday, by a local resident of a nearby island who spotted a light on the island.
Crocodile numbers in Australia have grown to around 70,000, up from 3,000 some 30 years ago
The incident happened on remote Governor Island, near Kalumburu in the far north of Western Australia (WA), between Derby and Kununurra. The real name of the rescued New Zealander was not known. Some reports called him Ryan, and one publication gave his name as Brian.
The story of his passage to island is amazing. The man is said to have travelled from Queensland to the Kimberley on a yacht. The owner of the yacht was arrested in the Northern Territory, leaving his passenger stranded for two months.
The man then hitched a lift with a solo yachtsman from the Northern Territory to WA. However, he was dropped at Governor Island. He had 160 litres of water, some flour and dry stores in supplies.
Realising he was unprepared for the Island wilderness, he attempted to escape. But every time he tried, the massive crocodile would thwart his attempt and chase him. It is not know if he had the kayak when he was left off at the Island.
The man was rescued on Saturday by a local Don McLeod who spotted a light on the island. McLeod checked it out and found "the hatless, shirtless and desperate visitor" approach.
"When I came round through Red Bluff opposite Governor Island, I saw a flash in the scrub," McLeod is reported to have told ABC radio.
"I went across and Ryan came out looking a bit distraught.
"He came down the beach; he had no hat on and no shirt on.
"He was relieved and shocked, and thankful someone had come along because he was running out of options pretty quickly.
"He is a very, very lucky man," says McLeod
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