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American kayakers say crocodile came from behind, ripping guide from his boat
Associated Press ^ | December 21, 2010 | JEFF BARNARD

Posted on 12/22/2010 7:00:05 AM PST by Manic_Episode

For weeks, three kayakers exploring a series of rivers through the heart of Africa came together in a close formation designed to ward off hippo and crocodile attacks whenever they paddled the quiet green glides between thundering stretches of whitewater.

The boaters — two Americans and a South African — traveled some 1,000 miles of river this way, through some of the densest concentrations of man-killing wildlife in the world. They were on a quiet stretch of the Lukuga River in Congo, paddling just 4 or 5 feet apart, when a crocodile slipped up from behind and ripped trip leader Hendri Coetzee from his red plastic boat.

With no time to do anything but say "Oh, my God!" Coetzee was gone, hauled beneath the green water never to be seen again.

"The crocodile just pulled him right underwater," Chris Korbulic told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday from Reno, Nev., where he was visiting his brother. "I think we both were just in complete shock and disbelief, and absolutely horrified at what had just happened."

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: cfs; crocodile

1 posted on 12/22/2010 7:00:06 AM PST by Manic_Episode
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To: Manic_Episode

That bit about “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” comes to mind.

Kayaking in crocodile-filled water sounds a lot like auditioning for Darwin.

2 posted on 12/22/2010 7:27:31 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
Well, at least he died doing what he loved... \sarc
3 posted on 12/22/2010 8:29:58 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Manic_Episode

Very similar to the movie “Black Water”, only all four were in one boat when the guide was taken by a croc. Crocs are smarter than people give them credit. What a foolish thing to do, kayak in crocwaters...unbelievable!

4 posted on 12/22/2010 8:30:59 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: Manic_Episode
"They also hoped to bring attention to the crisis of millions of people dying from poor water quality in a region overflowing with water."

Good news/Bad news: They've "brought attention," but it turns out poor water quality wasn't the problem after all.

5 posted on 12/22/2010 9:33:53 AM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Manic_Episode

What a croc!

6 posted on 12/22/2010 12:45:54 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Flag_This

If I had crocodiles in my water, I would consider it poor quality as well.

7 posted on 12/22/2010 1:01:26 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Manic_Episode

Believe it or not, the CIA has discovered a plot by Moslem terrorists to salt the Everglades with just this sort of terrifying animal; agents have called this plan the Croc of Shiite.

8 posted on 12/22/2010 3:39:50 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Hatteras

No sir he died scared, and alone at the bottom of a river. He was terrified. His last words, according to witnesses, was Oh My God!!!! It was foolish and no comparison to any rational risk taking activity can compare to how idiotic this kayaking trip was. No camping trip to bear country, no sky diving trip, no swimming in shark infested waters compares to this. Bears and sharks usually leave people alone even when being in the vicinity of them. Parachutes almost always open and function properly. Bungy cords usually work. Mountain climbers usually do just fine. The rivers in Africa have nearly 500,000 crocodiles infesting them. Crocodiles, particularly the large species, are very aggressive and have no fear of man. I get so tired of folks trying to bring sanity to such an insane thing. The only thing worse than kayaking the various African Rivers is attempting to swim them. This was foolish, and spoke of arrogance. These folks thought they did not have to abide by the laws of nature. Now a poor souls family has to suffer because of his poor judgment. I would never be on any crocodile infested river, by choice, in any small watercraft. Fool hearted arrogant behavior that got a man killed. Good Day,

9 posted on 12/23/2010 3:43:00 PM PST by scooby67
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To: scooby67

You’re right. His family must be devastated, and for what?

10 posted on 12/23/2010 3:46:35 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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