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A New Zealand adventure kayaker will be playing it safe for awhile after being held captive on a remote Australian island for over two weeks by a large crocodile, reports AAP.
Ryan Blair, 37, had been traversing the northern coast of Western Australia near Kalumburu. Having explored the remote Kimberley island, Blair was frustrated in each of his attempts at making the four-kilometre journey back to the mainland by a six-metre-long crocodile, who would menace him back towards the island.
"It was so close, and if this croc wanted to take me it would not have been an issue," said Blair. "I was scared for my life. I was hardcore praying for God to save me."
After two weeks of this Blair was finally rescued by Donald MacLeod, a local who spotted a light shining on the island and investigated, finding Blair there.
"He was relieved and shocked, and thankful someone had come along because he was running out of options pretty quickly," MacLeod told ABC radio. "He was desperate for water when I trotted up. We gave him a cold beer, which was probably the wrong thing, and then he went to sleep about three-quarters of the way home."
Blair told AAP that he won't be getting into situations like this again any time soon. "For the moment I can have a bit of a break from the adventuring days," Blair said.