Crocodile attacks SA kayaker in DRC

2010-12-09 12:55

Rescuers say a South African man leading two Americans on a whitewater expedition in central Africa was attacked by a crocodile and pulled from his kayak.

Ciaran Donnelly, International Rescue Committee’s regional director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said today that his organisation had evacuated the two Americans to a nearby town after they paddled to safety.

The body of Hendri Coetzee has not been recovered following the Tuesday morning attack on the Lukuga River.

The three men were part of a mission to document unexplored whitewater in the region.

Donnelly says the two Americans – Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic – were “physically unharmed but shaken up by the incident.”

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