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Posted on 12/10/2010 9:44:12 AM PST by drew
Kayaker presumed dead after Congo crocodile attack By Jenny Gross - JOHANNESBURG | An acclaimed South African outdoorsman who was leading a kayaking expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo was dragged from his craft by a crocodile as two Americans watched, horrified. The guide is presumed dead. The two Americans paddled to safety after the Tuesday morning attack on the Lukuga River in Congo. The International Rescue Committee helped evacuate the Americans to a nearby town after Tuesday's attack, said Ciaran Donnelly, the organization's regional director in the Central African country. The body of 35-year-old Hendrik Coetzee, who was living in Uganda, has not been recovered.
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Wild animals hunt, kill and eat things. Talk about putting yourself in harm’s way - for no real reason except excitement and money.
Yeah - don’t go anywhere near crocs unless you are a big Hippo with an attitide. One reason why I like Hippos. They just want to be left alone but if people mess with them or their children then look out.
To be the main course for dinner, what a crock!
“two Americans paddled to safety”
Read: Two screaming maniacs set a world speed record kayaking in the Congo.....
They were probably trying to get even after watching episodes of Swamp People.
He should have had a bigger boat.
Yep. That’s a visual right there. :)
Yeah, I bet their heart rates were off the charts.
Kayaking in crocodile infested waters... I think that qualifies for the Darwin Award.
People don’t realize that, in some parts of the world, when you leave the safety of your home or auto you then become a part of the food chain, and not the top!
"Funny, there weren't any crocodiles in the brochure."
I spent about a month in Northern Australia bush and almost a year in Zim and RSA. The outcome was just about 100% predictable. If the crocs had not gotten him first the hippos would have at some point. Or the locals would have eaten them. Plus, they will have their guts rot out from all the parasites. Too bad for the family.
Darwin Award for people seeking thrills.
“Africa wins again!”
So, where’s Tarzan when you need him?
An acclaimed South African outdoorsman who was leading a kayaking expedition
from the source of the White Nile into Congo was dragged from his craft
by a crocodile as two Americans watched, horrified. The guide is presumed dead.
And nobody in the expedition had a .454 or .500 revolver on hand for such
Anyone that enters a place with crocodiles, alligators, grizzlies,
brown bears, etc. without serious firepower-—
they assume the risk.
Teddy Roosevelt, would have killed the crocodile
and given the “bittee” a chance of survival.
By “busting a cap in the @$$” of the crok!!!
I guess these folks have never watched “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”
on Discovery or Animal Channel.
Do they also offer bicycle tours in lion country?
Never bring a kayak to a crocodile fight.....
Some people just no longer have the survival gene, IMO.
They insist on finding more & more stupid ‘vacations’ to entertain themselves.
Sorta like Crack Cocaine: Whatever Fred & Martha did last year has to be topped by something wilder & stupider this year.
Their life insurance should be cancelled.
Appropriate byline for such a story.
Awful way to die, though, RIP...
Sounds like a load of crap to me!
Obama’s due for another vacation soon.
Texans share those attributes.
"Don't Mess With Texas!"
Is it up on Youtube yet?
Well Texans need to get rid of stinking open border RINOs like Kay Bailey, Cornyn and Rick Perry. Florida’s GOP has the same problem.
As you are being drowned and chewed up by the croc which do you think would be foremost in your mind? Or are you wishing for the inevitable to hurry up?
Earth *will* eat you if you aren't the smartest, strongest thing in the vicinity.
It's why there are no unicorns or functional socialists anywhere on Earth.
And note to everyone: We really need to stop saving the socialists from the multi-faceted crocodiles that constantly offer to take them off our hands at no cost.
I don’t think so ,but, I am in the minority.
It’s all Lion country!
Socialists should be encouraged to consume suicide inducing drugs at every opportunity.
I used to have to do deployment reports on local parasitic diseases for obscure places. Hours in a medical library looking at gross pictures. Quite a few easily gotten parasitic infections are untreatable, or the treatment has significant mortality rates itself.
Or be consumed by liberalcide-inducing crocs, either way.
Hey, some of us take risks...calculated risks because life is just not meant to be all about safety. Take going to Ranger School for instance. It is dangerous but I’m glad some choose to go (not me). Others do the tough stuff to prepare themselves, see what there is to see, or learn something.
The catch-22 is that Life if too valuable and fragile to take risks but Life is too short not to...
If I get killed by a rattlesnake on one of my deep woods hikes, or killed on my motorcycle negotiating traffic, or freeze to death on one of my mountain trips, well I’m afraid you Dawinists will be sad to learn that my genes have already been passed on and I have five children that are just as stubborn as me.
I think I probably could get one of those things up on a plane if I really needed to... :-)
I met a fellow in 1975 who had picked up some sort of foot infection in Korea during the war that he'd never been able to get rid of.
The best he could do was to keep it at bay by soaking his feet in a tray of Clorox about once a month.
Dear Monterrosa what you are talking about is calculated risk. Most activities your talking about are low risk. Do you realize how many crocodiles live in African and Australian Rivers? They estimate the population to be between 250,000 and 500,000 crocodiles in those African Rivers. That’s not counting Australia. It is almost suicide to go swimming and extremely dangerous to go Kayaking. This is not calculated risk this is suicide. Rivers are small and oceans are huge. So you can’t compare this crocodile tragedy even to swimming in the ocean. Now take in the fact that humans are nearly defenseless in the water, not our environment, and you can see why death for this poor soul was a forgone conclusion once the Crocodile focused on him as prey. I would sky dive, swim in the ocean, camp in Grizzly Bear country, mountain climb, and rescue people from a burning building all in the same year but I would never swim or boat, in anything smaller than a yacht, in Crocodile country. It’s suicide. One final word. You can’t compare any land based risk to water risk. You would have much better chance in Grizzly Bear country with no weapons than you would in Crocodile infested waters with a machine gun. Good Day, Mike.
——The body .... has not been recovered.——
There is no body Jenny. The man was eaten alive.
“...I would sky dive, swim in the ocean, camp in Grizzly Bear country, mountain climb, and rescue people from a burning building all in the same year but I would never swim or boat, in anything smaller than a yacht, in Crocodile country...”
But when adventurers overstep the bounds of good sense in their underwater cave diving, croc petting, base jumping, salmon sharing with bears, etc. I believe we should still feel a bit of empathy for them and not just laugh off their passing as some on FR like to do.
I agree with your points but don’t go too light on Ranger School. Here is what an instructor posted on a Mil site...
“...in the mid-90’s four men in one patrol died on the same night in Florida(Swamp) Phase, student deaths are tragic and are certainly not deliberate and this is not a point of pride among the cadre by any means but training deaths do occur in Ranger School and they occur in Reg also.
The training is not only tough and realistic but it is also hazardous.
In my experience alone as an RI, I know of at least a dozen tragic deaths in Ranger School alone...”
Of course Ranger School’s risk is measured against the necessary risk of the job that Rangers may be asked to do on real life missions. Paddling dangerous rivers is more difficult to justify.
To those who responded to my response. I do have empathy for the poor soul who died. I have empathy and sympathy both to be honest. I feel bad for him his family and everyone involved but my frustration is with folks who tried to justify his suicidal behavior by equating it to adventure. No one seems to respect how dangerous crocodiles are. Risk are suppose to be calculated. There is a reason people don’t regularly paddle in kayaks on rivers like the congo. The locals are taken all the time off their wooden fishing boats. Unfortunately the locals have not choice they have to fish and make a living but they do so under great hazard and stress. Africa, Australia and other places may be beuatiful but underneath their deadly. You have to respect those places immensely. You don’t just go up to a body of water in those places and say: “ Wow looks like a nice place to swim or hey lest go kayaking”. Foolish. The poor people on this kayaking trip were not taking rational risk. You can’t compare this even with going to the moon on thousands of pound of rocket fuel. The outcome was very predictable yet these adventurers thought they were invincible and now a man has lost his life. To all of you who try to justify foolish behavior STOP!!!!!!!! It was foolish and reckless to do what these three folks did and it’s a tragedy that need not happen. Good Day!!