A popular tourist, Roy George Tinashe Dikinya who was pictured near a cliff at one of the world’s most famous waterfalls slipped and fell over 350 feet to his death.
It was gathered that Roy was standing by the edge of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls while taking turns with his family to take photos from the top of the huge waterfall, when he tumbled over on New Year’s Day.
Witnesses told Zimbabwe’s Newsday that the tourist who was wearing sandals slipped and fell from the cliff and they were only alerted by a woman’s scream.
The witness said,
“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”.
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.
In his words,
“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 Roy’s family.
“This is a rare, tragic and unfortunate incident to be witnessed at the mighty Victoria Falls.
“All necessary precautions will be taken to guard against recurrence of such an unfortunate incident.” He said.