A New Zealand tourist was rescued Saturday after being stranded for two weeks on an island off Western Australia because a crocodile ‘stalked’ him when he tried to leave by kayak, according to an Australian report.
The rescuer was Don Macleod, who said he spotted a light on Governor Island near Kalumburu, and went in to investigate.
The unidentified New Zealander intended to kayak back to the mainland, but he “came to the conclusion very quickly that he couldn’t get off the island without attracting [the] crocodile”, said Mr. Macleod.
“[It] started following him around so he made it back to the island,” he added. The crocodile was around six meters (20 feet) long, Mr Macleod noted. He also said he had seen the crocodile “several times” before.
“He was going by quite fast one day and he just happened to surface alongside me as I was going past… My boat is 20 ft long and he was well up on the 20 ft mark.”
The New Zealander said he was unaware there were crocodiles in the area, Mr Macleod said. “A lot of people are a bit naive about these things.”
“Even though the crocodiles have been reduced along the coast by this poaching business, there’s still a number of these very old ones that are cunning and certainly on the lookout for an easy meal. He’s very, very lucky,” Mr Macleod told ABC.
“He wouldn’t have made it much longer without water because he seemed to be a bit distressed when we found him.”
Just last week, a crocodile killed a man who was swimming in a river in Australia’s Northern Territory during a birthday party. Image/PA