Croc strands kiwi kayaker for two weeks

A KAYAKER has had a lucky escape after being trapped on a remote island in West Australia for more than two weeks by a six-metre crocodile.

The Guardian reports the kiwi kayaker named Ryan was exploring the northern coast of WA near Kalumburu when his ordeal began. After leaving Governor Island, he realised he didn’t have enough supplies and tried to paddle the four kilometres or so back to the mainland, catching the eye of a resident six-metre saltwater crocodile.

Every time he tried to leave, the crocodile made its presence felt, leaving the adventurer stranded for a fortnight. Kalumburu resident, Don McLeod, spotted a light on the island, and when he checked it out, the hatless, shirtless and desperate visitor approached.

“When I came round through Red Bluff opposite Governor Island I saw a flash in the scrub,” McLeod 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.”

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