A New Zealand man who was stalked by a crocodile after putting himself on a small island in northern Western Australia is an idiot, locals say.
Ryan Blair was placed on uninhabited West Governor Island with 160 litres of water, food and camping equipment, WA Today reports.
When he began to run out of water after a fortnight, he was prevented from kayaking back to the mainland by a six metre-long crocodile.
"It was so close, and if this croc wanted to take me it would not have been an issue," he told Nine News.
"I was scared for my life — I was hard-core praying for God to save me."
Local man Don MacLeod eventually found Mr Blair by chance on the island and was able to take him to safety.
Other locals have reacted with frustration to Mr Blair putting his life at risk by going to the island by himself.
"Everyone's treating him like he's a hero," Drysdale River Station manager Anne Koeyers said.
"He's not a hero, he's an idiot."
Ms Koeyers said Mr Blair should not have been on West Governor Island in the first place.
"You could sit on that island for a day, a week, a month and not have anyone come along and see you," she said.
"It's so bloody dumb."
Ms Koeyers said she was worried other adventure seekers could come up to northern WA for similar risky quests.
Author: Nick Pearson. Approving editor: Matthew Henry.
Sources: Nine News, WA Today