Crocodile kills expedition leader

An acclaimed South African outdoorsman who was leading an expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo was presumed dead yesterday after being dragged from his kayak by a crocodile.

Two Americans with him paddled to safety after the attack on the Lukuga River in Congo. The body of 35-year-old Hendrik Coetzee, who was living in Uganda, has not been recovered. The stretch of river where they were travelling is well known for its white water and its high density of crocodiles and hippos.