Two Bodies Retrieved From Zambezi River After 3-day Search

The bodies of two Victoria Falls men who drowned in the Zambezi River last Thursday have been found floating 5km downstream.

Elson Mathe (24) and Thamsanga Ncube (22) were with about 25 friends during a swimming expedition at gorge number six when a huge wave of water hit them around 3:40 pm.

The two drowned while the other group members who were on the edge of the water swam to safety.

A search for the bodies started on Friday and it was not before Sunday midmorning when the bodies were spotted and secured in ‘body bags’.

A team comprising police, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers and guides from the Rafting Association of Zimbabwe (RAZ) took part in the search.

RAZ chairman, Skinner Ndlovu, explained how the team managed to retrieve the bodies. He said:

We started mobilising our team after we received a call from ZRP. We usually do it with police sub-aqua unit but they were doing another rescue somewhere.

We set off in conjunction with police and Zimparks and we had been sending people down the river since Friday to check until today when the first team of kayakers found them and notified us.

We organised a few guys and went down in a raft to do the recovery of the bodies and we have managed to get them all. We want to thank the effort of everyone who was involved in the operation.

Ndlovu said water levels in the Zambezi River were still high and only suitable for high water rafting, which starts from Rapid Number 11 going downstream, making any water activity between Rapid number 1 and 10 dangerous.

More: The Herald

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