A New Zealand kayaker prayed for his life as a giant crocodile he  feared would devour him at any moment kept him hostage on a remote  Australian island.

Ryan Blair had an amazing escape after he was  trapped by the massive crocodile on the Governor Islands in the Timor  Sea off the northern tip of Western Australia for more than two weeks.

The  37-year-old had been exploring the WA coast near Kalumburu, between  Derby and Kununurra when he ended up stranded at the twin islands of  East and West Governor, the biggest of which, West, is just 260  hectares. The nearest settlement is Kalumburu, about 40 kilometres  south.

Once alone, the Kiwi realised he didn’t have enough supplies and tried to paddle the four kilometres to the mainland.

But he immediately caught the eye of a six-metre saltwater crocodile that’s lived in the area for years. Every  time he tried to leave, the crocodile would stalk Mr Blair, leaving the  adventurer fearing for his life and stranded for more than a fortnight.

”He was about four metres away from me and I thought ‘this is it’,”’ Mr Blair said. ”It was so close, and if this croc wanted to take me it would not have been an issue. I was scared for my life – I was hard-core praying for God to save me.”

On  Saturday, local Don MacLeod spotted a light on the island, and when he  checked it out, the hatless, shirtless and desperate visitor approached.

”He  was relieved and shocked, and thankful someone had come along because  he was running out of options pretty quickly,” Mr MacLeod told ABC  radio. ”He is a very, very lucky man.”

Ryan’s passage to WA was not easy in itself. He  travelled from Queensland on a yacht whose owner was jailed in the  Northern Territory, leaving Mr Blair stranded for two months. After  hitching a lift with a solo yachtsman from the Territory to WA, he was  dropped on Governor Island with 160 litres of water, some flour and dry  stores.

But after realising he was unprepared for the Kimberley  wilderness, three attempts to reach the mainland were thwarted by the  crocodile.

Mr MacLeod said the story was incredible. ”He  said every time he got in his little kayak, which was only 2.5m long,  this crocodile – who has lived there for many years and is a monster –  has chased him,” Mr MacLeod said.

”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.”

Mr Blair flew out of Kalumburu to Kununurra on Monday, and said he had seen enough of Australia’s outback- ”For the moment I can have a bit of a break from the adventuring days,” Mr Blair said.

Source: WA Today