A sad story that has emerged from Zimbabwe details how a man fell to his death at Victoria Falls after he decided to take memorable photos while standing at the edge of the famous Waterfalls.
Witnesses told Zimbabwe’s Newsday how the 40-year old, identified as Roy George Tinashe Dikinyay met his untimely death.
“We were alerted by the woman’s scream and she told us that he had slipped and fallen,” one told the paper of Dikinya, who was wearing sandals and was clutching several things in his left hand in the photo.
“Because of the showers and the mist, we could not trace him after that,” the witness said.
A photo taken seconds earlier shows him walking by the cliff’s edge while wearing sandals, and holding some items in his arm.
Rescuers with the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority found body parts trapped at the bottom of the gorge, which is at least 350-feet high, the Chronicle said.
The body parts “are trapped between rocks,” the authority’s spokesman, Tinashe Farawo, told the paper.
“We haven’t been able to positively identify him because of the location where the body is trapped, but we are certain that it his body,” he said.
“Right now we are in communication with other security experts including the army to try and find ways of retrieving the body,” he said, with one option trying to use a military helicopter.
Tourism and Environment minister Mangaliso Ndlovu in a statement sent his condolences to Mr. Dikinya’s family.
“This is a rare, tragic and unfortunate incident to be witnessed at the mighty Victoria Falls,” Ndlovu said, while promising “all necessary precautions will be taken to guard against recurrence of such an unfortunate incident.”