Tourist Falls To His Death Moments After Posing For Photo At The Cliff Of Victoria Falls In Zimbabwe
A 40-year-old tourist identified as Roy George Tinashe Dikinya has fallen to his death moments after posing for a photo at the cliff of one of the world’s most famous waterfalls, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
According to Zimbabwe’s Newsday, the man was standing by the edge of the waterfall while taking turns to take photos when he tumbled.
Dikinya had gone to the Victoria Falls Gorge in with a female friend on New Year’s Day, according to local media.
A witness told the publication;
We were alerted by the woman’s scream and she told us that he had slipped and fallen. Because of the showers and the mist, we could not trace him after that.
The final picture of Dikinya alive shows him shortly before he toppled off a cliff while viewing the iconic falls.
He was wearing shorts, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap while clutching various items in his left hand.
Rescuers with Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority found body parts trapped at the bottom of the gorge, which is at least 350-feet high.
According to the authority’s spokesman, Tinashe Farawo, the body parts “are trapped between rocks”, stressing;
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.
Right now we are in communication with other security experts including the army to try and find ways of retrieving the body.
Tourism and Environment minister Mangaliso Ndlovu in a statement sent his condolences to 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”.