Thursday, 28 November 2013

Chinese tourist rescued after falling into Falls (Zambia)

Chinese tourist rescued after falling into Victoria Falls Gorge from Knife-edge Bridge(Zambia)

On 26 November a team of Livingstone Fire Brigade servicemen, together with Zambia Police Service and staff from the Victoria Falls Bridge Bungee, rescued a 45 year old Chinese national who fell into gorge near the knife-edge bridge as he was taking pictures.

Both Southern Province Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga said Wang ShunXue, a Chinese national aged 45, was retrieved alive after he fell into the Victoria Falls Gorge as he was taking pictures.She said ShunXue, who was lodged at Zambezi Sun Hotel, was retrieved around 09:30 hours with no serious injuries and he was taken to the Hotel’s clinic for medical checkup.

Mr Sikanyika said officers from the Livingstone Fire Brigades officers received a call yesterday (Monday) around 08:23 hours that a Chinese national fell into Victoria Falls and rushed to the scene to rescue him.

“From what they saw, the victim sustained some bruises and he was rushed for medical check-up and treatment. The Chinese national... was rescued at the edges of the Falls cliff,” Mr Sikanyika said.

He urged tourists and other visitors to the Victoria Falls to follow guidelines and markings at the site saying they should not be overexcited when viewing one of the natural wonders of the world.

Source: Lusaka Times (27 Nov 2013)

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