The government expressed condolences to the Dikinya family yesterday after Roy George Tinashe Dikinya fell into the Victoria Falls gorge on New Year’s Day.
In a statement yesterday, Minister for Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Mangaliso Ndlovu said the death of Mr. Dikinya, who was 40 years old, was tragic and regrettable.
« On behalf of my ministry and my government in general, I would like to offer my condolences to the Dikinya family following the tragic incident in which Roy George Tinashe Dikinya slipped and fell in the Victoria Falls canyon, » one part reads the explanation.
“This is a rare, tragic and unfortunate incident that has been observed at the mighty Victoria Falls over the years. All necessary precautions are taken to prevent such an unfortunate incident from occurring again.
“Indeed, like other tourist spots, Victoria Falls should be a place to relax and have fun. This individual case is therefore sincerely regretted. ”
Minister Ndlovu said efforts to retrieve Mr. Dikinya’s body are ongoing and appealed to companies with appropriate equipment to assist them.
“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Republic of Zimbabwe Police, Zimbabwean Defense Forces and Zimparks, supported by other private sector actors in Victoria Falls, to attempt to recover the remains of the deceased. However, the precarious situation of the remains has hampered progress, ”said Minister Ndlovu.
“Based on current efforts, we believe we should be able to source the appropriate equipment on site, which we believe only one mine in Matebeleland South has. I appeal to any other company that has adequate equipment to come forward and help. ”
« We remain determined to see the decent closure of this tragic incident and we would like to update on this that we have now activated the civil protection structures, » he said.
Dikinya reportedly slipped at the danger point in the rainforest and fell more than 100 meters into the gorge below the waterfall. The water level in the Zambezi rises steadily due to heavy rains that have fallen upstream.
In 2009, a local guide who worked for a South African safari operator fell headlong into the gorge to rescue a European tourist who slipped while swimming in Devil’s Pool, where « brave » tourists usually swim dangerously cliff.
The guide successfully grabbed the tourist who was about to fall into the gorge and pulled him to safety by the hand, but unfortunately he slipped and fell into the gorge while the tourist survived.
In 2019, a 34-year-old Israeli tourist drowned while swimming without a life jacket in the flooded Zambezi River near Victoria Falls Bridge. The body was found three days later.
Victoria Falls, Waterfall, Zimbabwe, Tourism, Harare
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