Thursday, 20 April 2017

ZIMBABWE: Man Eaten By Crocodile As He Went Hunting

A South African hunter is believed to have been eaten by crocodiles after he went missing during a safari hunt in Zimbabwe.

44-year-old Scott van Zyl, who owns a professional hunting company, disappeared last Friday on the banks of the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe..

The dogs he was hunting with returned without him and his rifle and personal items were intact in his pickup truck.

A search team traced his tracks to the banks of the river and found his backpack.

Police and park authorities decided to shoot two suspected Nile crocodiles and “found what could possibly be human remains in them”, a member of the search party said.

The remains are reportedly being tested by forensic experts to verify if they belong to Scott van Zyl.

Crocodile attacks are common near river banks with at least four people killed in Zimbabwe in the past month.

In March, a 19-year-old Mozambican football player Estevao Alberto Gino was killed by a crocodile along the Zambezi river in western Mozambique.

“The crocodile came out of the water abruptly and took him by the waist. After that, the animal ran back into the water,” the founder and coach of his amateur side club, Eduardo Carvalho said.

A 19-year-old Mozambican football player Estevao Alberto Gino was killed by a crocodile along the Zambezi river in the western town of Tete last Thursday.

His club, Atletico Mineiro de Tete confirmed the attack to local media explaining that the amateur footballer was grabbed by the crocodile when he decided to cool off near the river after jogging.

“The crocodile came out of the water abruptly and took him by the waist. After that, the animal ran back into the water,” the founder and coach of the amateur side, Eduardo Carvalho said.

He also said that at the time of the incident, the footballer was in the company of two neighbours who said “the crocodile was five meters long and they could not do anything”

The body of Estevao Alberto Gino has since not been found, local police spokesperson confirmed.

Crocodile attacks are frequent along the Zambezi river which is a source of drinking water for locals.