(Last Updated on January 6, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
VICTORIA FALLS – Dismembered body parts of the tourists who fell into a gorge in Victoria Falls on New Year’s Day has been finally retrieved after a long and complex process which took the team six hours.
Roy Dikinya’s body had been identified but the retrieval process was halted for some time as the expert weighed in the strategy because the area is dangerous and slippery.
The mission was further complicated by the rains.
It was finally retrieved through a joint effort from the police sub-aqua team, Zimparks rangers, Mine Rescue Association, Zimbabwe Rafting Association and Victoria Falls tourism players.
Representing the deceased’s family, Mr Terrence Dikinya expressed gratitude to the rescue team.
“We are very thankful to the rescue team and the Government for pulling all that needed to be pulled so that Roy’s remains are retrieved. Now we can go and bury him,” he told The Chronicle.
One of the members of the Mine Rescue Association said this was one of the most difficult operations they have been involved in.
Shearwater Adventures, Clement Mukwasi praised the rescue team for taking the risks to ensure the body is retrieved.