Tourist trapped on island for 2 weeks, stalked by 20ft crocodile

 

The unfortunate traveller had set up camp on remote Governor Island, off the coast of Western Australia, intending to paddle his canoe around the island but the arrival of the 20ft-long crocodile changed all that.

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Instead, he remained terrified at his campsite, which he had hurriedly set up on a hill on the 250-acre island in the hope that he was too far inland for the crocodile to reach him.

And it was only by chance that rescue came, when a light he flashed to attract attention resulted in him getting a lift in a boat to safety.
The tourist, known only as Ryan, owes his survival to local man Don McLeod, who decided to check out the light and found the distraught man 'relieved and shocked.'

Mr McLeod said today that 'every time he got in his little kayak, which was only about 2.5m (8ft) long, this crocodile, which has lived there for many years, chased him.

'He was desperate for water when I trotted up.'

Mr McLeod said the crocodile was 'easily 20ft long', a measurement he said was accurate because that is the length of his boat and he has sailed past the reptile from time to time.

A yachtsman had dropped Ryan off at the island, off the north-west coast near Kalumburu, which lies between Derby and Kununurra, and it was there that the tourist had decided to use his canoe to explore the inlets.

After setting up a tent he realised he did not have enough supplies and decided to paddle the three miles back to the mainland.

But as he launched his small canoe he saw the crocodile watching him - and made good his escape back to his camp site, which he then moved to higher ground.

According to Mr McLeod, each time the Kiwi tourist tried to leave the island the crocodile 'made its presence felt, and so the fellow was left stranded there for an entire fortnight.'

It was only when Mr McLeod spotted a light on the island and decided to check it out, that he courageously set foot there.

'I'd seen a light flashing in the scrub as I came through Red Bluff, opposite Governor Island, and decided to have a look what it was.

'When I arrived Ryan came out of the bush looking distraught. 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.' 

Ryan was given a bed at a church mission on the mainland but his whereabouts today were unknown.


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9/5/13 4:23 AM by Ben Gardners boat

Haha. Not a scientific diagnosis just going on the welt that I had on it which was the same as the ones I had from when I got stung and got the thing attached to me. There were loads of bits as it was really choppy that day loads of people got stung.

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9/4/13 10:00 PM by Random Moniker

Don't sleep on wobbegongs! They look all dumb and peaceful until one is latched onto your arm and won't let go. Crazy how quick they can strike.

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9/4/13 1:24 PM by Some Guy That Pounded Katie

Yeah mate I don't live in Australia since about March but in my 25 years there I probably saw maybe 3-4 snakes in the wild. Admittedly i'm not exactly an avid bushwalker or anything but I have spent spend enough time outdoors. The education around snakes/snake bites here is really good and as mentioned the medical system back home is top notch compared to most countries. You're spot on about the species and most bites are caused by stupidity or someone not taking the necessary precautionary measures.To add to my experience of harmful animals I've only seen maybe 3 decent sized sharks at the beach (two of those while surfing) but thats not including wobbegongs and other rubbish little sharks that are harmful.

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9/4/13 11:29 AM by I AM A MOFO

That's true but my point was simply that worldwide, things like bears, wolves, or sharks don't even begin to approach attacks and fatalities caused by snakes. If a surgeon interrupted a bear or shark attack he could probably save the victim as well. Shouldn't lead us to underestimate the danger they present.However I do have good news. I was going to provide you a source, and realized my Australia stats were older than I care to admit.....the actual current figure is around 3 or 4 yearly. I believe that still nets you a higher percentage than us but not too bad considering the numerous deadly species.One thing that helps aside from obvious medical advances is some of your heavy hitters venom wise have very small fangs ( referring mostly to the browns which are your biggest problem). This means a pair of boots or thick pants can save your ass from a strike, which wouldn't be as useful if they had fangs like a diamondback or (fuck forbid) a gaboon.But yeah, not as bad as it once was, for sure.

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9/4/13 10:59 AM by YumYumPandaburger

<< was on the cock from a disembodied tentacle that got inside my shorts >>Say what? How does one "accidentally" get a tentacle in ones shorts?

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9/4/13 8:06 AM by Atomic

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9/4/13 7:51 AM by mje364

Ban crocs

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9/4/13 5:41 AM by Ben Gardners boat

I think Australia gets a bad rap for dangerous critters though. I've been 3 times spending about 8 months there total and driven 10's of thousands of miles and in all that I've seen one live snake in the distance, two dead ones of which one was a python so non venomous and 3-4 redback spiders which were grouped under a rock I picked up when I was clearing a mates garden and a few huntsman spiders. I've been stung twice by bluebottle jellyfish though which hurt a bit the first time the tentacle stuck to me and I was towing the jellyfish along with me until I realised and the second time was on the cock from a disembodied tentacle that got inside my shorts. The worst thing I found were the march flys (like a big horsefly) on Fraser Island. They're not poisonous but they're almost as big as a wasp and they hurt when they bite. One of the twats even bit me through my t shirt! Australia is great!

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9/4/13 4:12 AM by Some Guy That Pounded Katie

I'm sorry if I missed it but where are you pulling the figure of 18 from I'm using my phone and can't see.That study estimating deaths in India can hardly be likened to Australia. We have a far greater medical system with available anti venom etc which is pretty much the point of the article.