Sad news coming through from the Eddie Bauer First Ascent crew, who are reporting that South African whitewater guide, Hendri Coetzee, who was leading First Ascent kayakers through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was pulled from his kayak on the Lukuga River by a crocodile and is now presumed dead.
Coetzee, an experienced whitewater guide with a wealth of local knowledge, was leading a First Ascent kayaking team including Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, Jesse Coombs and Darin McQuoid. Ben and Chris, who were with Hendri when the attack occurred (Jesse and Darin returned to the US in November, after the first leg of the trip), were able to paddle away and are apparently safe.
The paddling expedition was the first of its kind. The team set out from the headwaters of the White Nile and Congo Rivers, with the aim of exploring the little known whitewater rivers that flow into the DRC. The mission also aimed to focus attention on the clean water crisis in Central Africa.
Our sympathy goes out to all Hendri’s friends and family members.For the full article please go to Outer Edge.