Crocodile eats man in Zimbabwe rescue bid

Crocodile eats man in Zimbabwe rescue bid

An elderly man was killed while trying to rescue his friend from crocodiles in north-west Zimbabwe.

The National Anglers’ Union said Frank Trott, in his 70s, died after trying to rescue a friend paddling along the shoreline at Charara fishing camp. His friend survived but received wounds to his mid-section and buttocks.

Two crocodiles were shot dead by wildlife rangers after last week’s attack. Remains of the victim were found along the remote shores of Lake Kariba.

The dead man was dragged away by a giant crocodile after going to help his friend, said Mike Brennan, head of the fishing group. The friend, in his 40s and a fellow farmer with experience in the African wilderness, was treated for his wounds.

Mr Brennan said the two had returned from a day’s outing on the lake for dinner and drinks at the fishing camp.

The survivor’s wounds suggested he had been wading waist-deep in the lake when the crocodile attacked late in the evening. Mr Trott was seized by a second large crocodile resting in long grass when he raced into the water to answer his friend’s cries for help.

The surroundings of Lake Kariba, a man-made hydroelectric dam about 180 miles long, are a major leisure resort for fishing, boating and sightseeing for wildlife, the habitat of crocodiles and hippos.

Mr Brennan said a memorial service for Mr Trott is would be held tomorrow.

He said it was the second dramatic crocodile attack within the past month.

“Please, everyone be warned to be to be vigilant near the water’s edge at all times,” he said. “It is dangerous no matter where you are on the lake.”


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