CONCORD, Calif., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A California man who spent five days stranded on a deserted island said he was too embarrassed to use his cellphone to call for help.
Brian "Goat Man" Hopper, 54, of Encino, who was rescued by the Coast Guard Monday after spending five days living off vitamins and native plants on Roe Island, north of Concord in Suisun Bay, said he was too embarrassed to use his cellphone to call for help while trying to repair his inflatable raft, which had sprung a leak during his excursion, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.
"I was embarrassed to be stranded on an island," Hopper said. "I thought I could fix my boat and make it to land ... I didn't want to spend the taxpayers' money to have the Coast Guard come rescue some stupid guy."
However, Hopper finally called a cousin Monday morning who contacted the Coast Guard.
Hopper said he now admits he should have called 911 in the first place.
"It was the right thing to do," he said.