Posted: 1:37 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
By Rick Couri
The man only identified as Ryan had been dropped off on an island by a boat and intended to explore the area by kayak.
But after realizing he needed more supplies he tried to paddle to the mainland and restock.
That's when he told rescuers the huge, 20 foot croc began to stalk him.
"He said every time he got in his little kayak this crocodile has chased him. So he made it back to the island and pulled his kayak up as far as he could get it and headed cross country back to his camp. So he was reduced then to trying to conserve his water and signal” Don MacLeod told ABC Australia.
The island sits two and a half miles off the northern coast of Australia and fortunately for Ryan, MacLeod lives on the mainland close by.
MacLeod saw Ryan’s light on the island and decided to investigate, that’s when he found the vacationer.
"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.” MacLeod began.
"He was relieved and shocked, and thankful someone had come along because he was running out of options pretty quickly.”
Don said he’s familiar with the croc and confirmed it is both very large, and somewhat aggressive.
This time things turned out fine but MacLeod knows it could have ended differently.
"He wouldn't have made it much longer without water." The Aussie noted.