Crocodile Mauls Tourists in Zimbabwe

One tourist has died and another has been seriously injured after being mauled by crocodiles.

The incident occured in Matopos National Park, Matabeleland South in Zimbabwe, on Sunday, when the tourists – John Bowman and Rosemary Mitchell – went boating on Mpopoma Dam.

The couple was attacked while paddling with air-pumped boats in the crocodile infested waters.

According to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman, Tinashe Farawo, the two were immediately rushed to the hospital.

Bowman was pronounced dead on arrival, while Mitchell is in an intensive care unit in a Bulawayo hospital.

Farawo said: “We encourage our tourists to stay away from wild animals. No matter how domesticated they are, they can be dangerous.”

He also added that using air-pumped boats is prohibited on the Mpopoma Dam.

The couple was on holiday with colleagues, and Matopos National Park is a popular tourist destination.