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New Zealander Ryan Blair Was Stalked For Two Weeks By A Crocodile

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Darwin, Australia  On a kayaking adventure on the remote Governor Islands in north Western Australia, New Zealander Ryan Blair was stalked for two weeks by a four-metre (13-foot) crocodile, local media reported.

"This crocodile was following me," he said.

Thirty-seven year old Blair was dropped off on the islands by boat and had intended to paddle two kilometres back to the mainland. On each attempt he was followed by the crocodile.

"When he resurfaced I just went as hard as I could. I took the kayak and slammed it onto the rocks, jumped off, climbed as high as I could on the rocks. The crocodile come round, come past where I had just jumped off, went down under and then he was gone," he told the Seven Network.

Too frightened to attempt another paddle back to the mainland, Ryan was stranded on the islands and held prisoner by the crocodile, he told local media.

Blair said he tried for days to get the attention of passing boats and planes. After nearly two weeks and down to his last two litres of drinking water he was saved after the crew of a passing fishing boat saw his mirror glinting in the sun, local media reported.

"Just glad that I've come out of this alive still with all my limbs intact," said Ryan.

Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven metres long, are common in Australia's tropical north.

 

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