Monday 19 February 2018

Crocodile drags man from kayak

South African Kayaker, Hendri Coetzee, is presumed dead (AP)
South African Kayaker, Hendri Coetzee, is presumed dead (AP)
A South African man in Central Africa is missing after being pulled from his kayak by a crocodile

A South African outdoors expert is feared dead after a crocodile snatched him from his kayak while he led an American expedition from the source of the White Nile into the heart of Congo.

Two Americans being guided by 35-year-old South African Hendrik Coetzee on the gruelling trip could only watch in horror as the incident occurred, before they managed to paddle unharmed to safety after the attack on the Lukuga River in Congo.

The International Rescue Committee helped evacuate the Americans to a nearby town, said Ciaran Donnelly, the organisation's regional director in Congo.

Coetzee's body has not been recovered. The stretch of river where the trio were travelling is notoriously dangerous because of its whitewater, and the high density of crocodiles and hippos.

One of the Americans recounted on his blog how Coetzee has warned them about the dangers of the trip, including "three-ton hippos that will bite you in half."

"Stay off the banks because the crocs are having a bake and might fancy you for lunch. Basically, stay close behind me and follow my lead. Any questions?" the blog quoted Coetzee as saying.

Press Association

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