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Kayaker presumed dead after Congo crocodile attack
Associated Press ^ | 12-9-10 | Jenny Gross

Posted on 12/09/2010 7:48:40 PM PST by Newtoidaho

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An acclaimed outdoorsman who wrote movingly about testing himself against nature is presumed 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 grueling trip could only watch in horror. They paddled unharmed to safety after the Tuesday morning attack on the Lukuga River in Congo.

The International Rescue Committee, which runs development projects in the Central African nation, helped evacuate the Americans to a nearby town, Ciaran Donnelly, the organization's regional director in Congo, said Thursday.

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TOPICS: Food; Pets/Animals; Travel
KEYWORDS: crocodile; kayaking
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he failed this test...
1 posted on 12/09/2010 7:48:44 PM PST by Newtoidaho
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To: Newtoidaho

The “bigger boat” thing.


2 posted on 12/09/2010 7:51:52 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: Newtoidaho
They paddled unharmed to safety...

I would guess they paddled RAPIDLY to safety. I don't know if the crocs there tend to hunt singly or in groups. Too bad about their companion, but there nothing they could do.

3 posted on 12/09/2010 7:54:34 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Newtoidaho

Never go kayaking while in denial.


4 posted on 12/09/2010 7:55:53 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: bunkerhill7
Reminds me of the guy with the grizzly bears that ended up as a snack for one bear.
5 posted on 12/09/2010 7:58:09 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (Looking forward to kicking Chicago out of Washington.)
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To: Newtoidaho

Some test!


6 posted on 12/09/2010 7:59:14 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Major Matt Mason

Timothy Treadwell. I’m surprised I liked the movie so much.


7 posted on 12/09/2010 8:00:33 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Newtoidaho

Beats the heck out of dropping dead on a golf course!


8 posted on 12/09/2010 8:00:53 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: Newtoidaho

Somewhere, some idiot is saying, “He died doing what he loved to do.”


9 posted on 12/09/2010 8:05:41 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

How is he supposed to die?


10 posted on 12/09/2010 8:07:34 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Newtoidaho

Saw an australian movie on netflix last week about three people who hired a small fishing boat to fish in the mangrove swamps. A croc tipped over the boat and ......well I will not give out the details but it was an amazing experience they all had. The movie is called Black Water, sort of like Jaws only with crocs and it was a true story.


11 posted on 12/09/2010 8:08:01 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: Major Matt Mason

Reminds me of the guy with the grizzly bears that ended up as a snack for one bear.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Or the two hikers who come around a corner and meet a bear face to face.
They both take off like a bat out of hades, get about 30 yards and one stops to lace up his sneakers.
His buddy says, “Come on, you won’t be able to outrun that bear”.
He says “I realize that. Not the bear I am trying to keep ahead of”.


12 posted on 12/09/2010 8:09:35 PM PST by xrmusn ((6/98))
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Somewhere, some idiot is saying, “He died doing what he loved to do.”

What was that? feeding the croc?

13 posted on 12/09/2010 8:10:10 PM PST by azhenfud (The government is not best which secures life and property-there is a more valuable thing-manhood.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

You owe me a new keyboard for that one. Hell, I think I know that idiot!


14 posted on 12/09/2010 8:13:37 PM PST by untwist
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To: Newtoidaho; a fool in paradise
Nature's balance has been restored.


15 posted on 12/09/2010 8:16:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: HerrBlucher


16 posted on 12/09/2010 8:18:29 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Newtoidaho

Is the kayak OK?


17 posted on 12/09/2010 8:19:58 PM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Warner Herzog directed that. It was of course a weird documentary type thing, but I think it was good too. I can’t believe the guy had a girl, but I reckon he did. I mean, could the guy act any more gay? But I reckon he was just one of these fem-men who found the right type.

What do you think about not airing the actual audio of the fatal attack?

Freegards


18 posted on 12/09/2010 8:21:07 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: JoeProBono

That be the one. What a story, especially the ending....yowza!


19 posted on 12/09/2010 8:22:42 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: All
What? No honorable mention for a Darwin Award?

I don't care if you're Dr. Doolittle, you do NOT wade into the belly of the beast as though it's the jungle ride at Disney World.

20 posted on 12/09/2010 8:26:48 PM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: BunnySlippers
"Timothy Treadwell. I’m surprised I liked the movie so much."

Treadwell was an odd bird, but the Werner Herzog documentary was good. After watching it, I checked out Herzog's documentary "Little Deiter Must Fly" which was even better.

21 posted on 12/09/2010 8:27:05 PM PST by Godebert
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To: Leisler

If it was anything like my kayak it didn’t survive the attack either.


22 posted on 12/09/2010 8:27:55 PM PST by Newtoidaho (Liberals are drooling buffoons backed by satanic goons.)
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To: Newtoidaho; a fool in paradise
JOHANNESBURG (AP) The crocodile, interviewed shortly after the incident, said that Mr Coetzee "tasted like chicken."
23 posted on 12/09/2010 8:30:04 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ansel12
How is he supposed to die?

Dunno, but I would hope my last words weren't, "Get this f*%$ing thing off of me!!"...;^)

24 posted on 12/09/2010 8:33:17 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Godebert

I’ll check it out. I loved the fox scene.


25 posted on 12/09/2010 8:34:28 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Ransomed

Well, the audio was inherited by his “business partner”. She says she has never heard it. And she claims she will never release it. So it comes down to legal ownership.

I’m sure it’s awful. I would listen to it.

Did you see the photos online of his leg? [continuing with the maudlin theme].


26 posted on 12/09/2010 8:37:35 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Newtoidaho

Think thats bad, I hit my thumb w/a stapler this morning!


27 posted on 12/09/2010 8:43:24 PM PST by bray (Sarah Palin will destroy the Repub Party, hopfully!)
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To: Newtoidaho

I test myself against nature every day. In the winter I turn on the heat. In the summer I turn on the AC. I have a fridge to preserve food. I have a lawn mower to tame the jungle.

Shoes protect my feet.

A vacuum cleaner helps keep nature out of my house, as do dust cloths and various cleaning sprays. If we have ants, we put out traps. D-con is great for mice. (Cats work too, but they are brutal on carpet. Plus they are mean.)

There is a long list of tools I use to keep nature at bay.

So far I’m winning.


28 posted on 12/09/2010 8:43:29 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: ansel12

Old


29 posted on 12/09/2010 8:44:32 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Gil4

Yes, but the really key point is, are you prepared for the next time a crocodile invades your house?


30 posted on 12/09/2010 8:49:32 PM PST by Newtoidaho (Liberals are drooling buffoons backed by satanic goons.)
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To: Newtoidaho
Yes, but the really key point is, are you prepared for the next time a crocodile invades your house?

Here in Nevada we're doing a pretty good job of keeping the crocs at bay. Proud to say I've never had a croc invasion, but there's always tomorrow...;^)

31 posted on 12/09/2010 8:55:21 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Gil4

Old or young, it makes sense to die doing what you like in life.


32 posted on 12/09/2010 8:59:03 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

minus the being dragged off into the water by a croc while screaming like a banshee.


33 posted on 12/09/2010 9:05:02 PM PST by SgtHooper
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To: BunnySlippers

I don’t know whether I’d listen to it or not. Probably, in the context of the movie I reckon. I can see why Herzog didn’t do that, both for an effect in the movie and otherwise, though.

No, I didn’t see the leg...can’t say as I want to either!

God bless him.

Fregeards


34 posted on 12/09/2010 9:09:26 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: SgtHooper

As a Sergeant do you really need to hear all the versions of death that are possible when seeking an action filled, adventurous life, they are endless, and they are rarely pleasant, or pretty, that is partly what gives that life it’s appeal, facing those horrible deaths that others won’t.


35 posted on 12/09/2010 9:14:50 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Ransomed
I could only imagine the horror his girlfriend had to endure as she watched the bear rip him to pieces before it came after her. She must have went into shock at some point during the attack on Treadwell. They say she tried to save Treadwell by hitting the bear with a frying pan. Too bad she didn't have a gun it might have saved her.
36 posted on 12/09/2010 9:18:25 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: peeps36

Yeah, it’s a real horror story. I wonder if the girl started having second thoughts but was stuck out in the woods with her guy who was really a nut, and just didn’t put her foot down in time.

Freegards


37 posted on 12/09/2010 9:27:36 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: JoeProBono

Here in Tampa, we often go kayaking on the Hillsborough River. Gators are fairly common. The Congo crocs are HUGE by comparison, and more aggressive.


38 posted on 12/10/2010 3:06:38 AM PST by ken5050 (I don't need sex.....the government screws me every day..)
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To: Newtoidaho

Apparently not the taste test.


39 posted on 12/10/2010 3:10:55 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Revolting cat!

Governor Schwarzenegger appears to be doing fine.

40 posted on 12/10/2010 7:20:02 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: ansel12

I agree with you wholeheartedly! imho, it’s the risk that adds spice to life, but the risk should be reasonable, not extremely high over time, as in this case. This was a business, so statistically, the victim (or a client) would’ve been croc food eventually (as with the grizzlies).


41 posted on 12/10/2010 9:35:06 AM PST by SgtHooper
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To: ansel12

If you love doing stupid stuff, it makes sense to find something else to love (or just do something you like instead.)

Risk just for the sake of risk is foolish.


42 posted on 12/11/2010 10:29:41 AM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Leisler

LOL!


43 posted on 12/11/2010 10:31:41 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Newtoidaho

Someone (Zappa, Nugent, Dylan?) said, “you should not be where you don’t belong.” I’ve always tried to honor the wisdom in that statement.


44 posted on 12/11/2010 10:35:32 AM PST by PLMerite (Fix the FR clock. It's time.)
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To: Gil4

That only makes sense to the people that don’t love to take risks, the world is full of those.

Also, never ignore that the love of risk is necessary for quality soldiers, adventurers, explorers, and pioneering.

America used to be full of those people, when you read the actual accounts of what happened to many of the people that were pushing the country west, horrors that sound like SAWIX, the horror flick, you realize that they were not simply chosen randomly from the human pool, they were self selecting themselves because they had the wild man gene.


45 posted on 12/11/2010 10:50:16 AM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

RE: “...the love of risk is necessary for quality soldiers, adventurers, explorers, and pioneering.”

I understand the need for soldiers, explorers, and pioneers and can see where the rewards could outweigh even extreme risks. I’m not sure the use of “adventurers,” and the level of risk that seems reasonable for that category seems a whole lot lower.

Back to the story, I understand it’s his life and he’s free to risk it as he sees fit, but I’m not going to applaud him because he died “doing something he loved.” He was doing something where the risk was extreme and the reward was bragging rights.


46 posted on 12/11/2010 5:42:05 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Gil4

I don’t know that you can rightfully know what all that a man is getting from his risky outdoor activities and his adventurous life.

I think that your attempt to peg it insultingly, (and defensively) as “bragging rights” is merely a reflection of why it bothers you and an insight into your life, not an accurate description of his reasons or rewards.


47 posted on 12/11/2010 5:50:42 PM PST by ansel12
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