09 April 2013
A Victoria Falls-based tour guide was mauled and killed by a crocodile after his canoe capsized in the Zambezi River on Sunday, police said yesterday. Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Billie Dube identified the deceased as Samora Mukombwe.
Dube said Mukombwe (30), who worked at Pioneers' Camp at the Zambezi National Park, was alone when disaster struck. "On the fateful day, Mukombwe left his place on a joyride in a canoe in the Zambezi River," Dube said. "While in the river, the canoe capsized, resulting in him falling into the river and getting attacked by a crocodile."
Dube said a 17-year-old fisherman, Henry Mudenda, who was close by, witnessed the incident and alerted Mukombwe's workmates. "Mudenda quickly alerted other employees at Pioneers' Camp and a search team was mobilised. Mukombwe was found dead after some time at an island about 200m away from the camp and the body being held by the crocodile in its jaws." Dube said the team managed to scare away the crocodile and retrieved the body.
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