Skip to comments.Kayaker presumed dead after Congo crocodile attack
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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The “bigger boat” thing.
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.
Never go kayaking while in denial.
Timothy Treadwell. I’m surprised I liked the movie so much.
Beats the heck out of dropping dead on a golf course!
Somewhere, some idiot is saying, “He died doing what he loved to do.”
How is he supposed to die?
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.
Reminds me of the guy with the grizzly bears that ended up as a snack for one bear.
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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”.
What was that? feeding the croc?
You owe me a new keyboard for that one. Hell, I think I know that idiot!
Is the kayak OK?
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?
That be the one. What a story, especially the ending....yowza!
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.
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.
If it was anything like my kayak it didn’t survive the attack either.
Dunno, but I would hope my last words weren't, "Get this f*%$ing thing off of me!!"...;^)
I’ll check it out. I loved the fox scene.
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].
Think thats bad, I hit my thumb w/a stapler this morning!
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.
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...;^)
Old or young, it makes sense to die doing what you like in life.
minus the being dragged off into the water by a croc while screaming like a banshee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apparently not the taste test.
Governor Schwarzenegger appears to be doing fine.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.