Friday, December 10, 2010

South African man in a kayak killed by croc

A South African outdoorsman is presumed dead after he was dragged from his kayak by a crocodile while leading a kayaking expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo.
The body of 35-year-old Hendrik Coetzee, who was living in Uganda, has not been recovered. The stretch of river is notorious for its whitewater and high density of crocodiles and hippos. Two Americans tourists, who watched the incident take place, were "physically unharmed but shaken up".

Eddie Bauer, the trip's sponsor, said: "We are saddened by the tragedy and express our deepest sympathies to Hendrik's family and friends."

In his online blog, Coetzee discussed the importance of trusting instincts and the group's only rule - "nobody panic".

Once again I say Africa is not for the faint hearted it is startlingly beautiful and as startlingly savage but if common sense is adhered to then life is good