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Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by Lesego » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:44 pm

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the tragic passing away of a field ranger in the world famous Kruger National Park. Whilst on active anti-poaching patrol, the field ranger was accidentally shot by a colleague after they were charged by a lone buffalo bull at a very short distance in the Malelane section.

According to his colleague, the two were charged by a buffalo bull and in the ensuing confusion managed to find cover from where they attempted to neutralise the animal but unfortunately the deceased appears to have been caught in the cross fire and sustained a fatal bullet wound to his upper body. A doctor was immediately flown to the scene by SANParks helicopter. A fully equipped AMS medical emergency helicopter based at Nelspruit was also requested and immediately dispatched to the scene. The critically injured ranger was stabilized at the scene and flown immediately to the Nelspruit Medi Clinic. He was then rushed into theatre but tragically later succumbed to his injuries.

Reacting to the news, SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni passed on his sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues. “It is a sad day for us as a family, we have lost one of our own, a dedicated colleague and friend who not only served the organisation but the entire globe to ensure the integrity of our natural heritage. We did all we could to save his life but unfortunately we lost him. We hope this tragic incident will inspire our colleagues to carry on with the sterling work he was doing in the field, so that his death is not in vain” concluded Mketeni.
The name of the deceased cannot be released as his next of kin have yet to be informed and his colleague is receiving trauma counselling.

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For previous media statements please go to www.sanparks.org

Issued by: South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications. Tel: 012 426 5170

Media Enquiries:

Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli: SANParks Acting Head of Communications. Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999; Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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William Mabasa, GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park. Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919; Email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

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Ike Phaahla: SANParks Media Specialist. Tel: 012 426 5315; Cell: 083 673 6974; Email: Isaac.phaahla@sanparks.org
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:52 pm

Such a sad accident!
My deepest condolences to the family.
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Unread post by Tessa G » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:04 pm

Such a tragic and sad accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his colleague and of course his family and friends.
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:07 pm

What a sad and unfortunate incident. :cry:

My heartfelt condolences to the family and to the colleague of the deceased ranger :gflower:
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:11 pm

Very sad. Condolences to his family and friends. Thoughts also with the other Field Ranger.
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by RemiE » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:22 pm

Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues............................
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:23 pm

Very sad incident :(

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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by RayK » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:36 pm

Horrible news. My condolences to his family.

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Unread post by Jazil » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:53 pm

How very sad, my thoughts are with his family and all the Kruger Park members too.
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:59 pm

:( To the family of the deceased field ranger: When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. My most sincere condolences to you. :pray:
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by George_Brits » Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:05 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased. My thoughts are also with the other field ranger, it must be a very sad and challenging time for him :(

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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:17 pm

I know some of these guys.....the whole section will be devastated. Wishing them all well and condolences to the bereaved family.
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Unread post by Hugh » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:21 pm

A very sad accident and prayers are with the family and with the other rangers
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:23 pm

What a terrible tradgerty - the whole SANParks family must be feeling it. Deepest sympathy to the ranger's family, to his colleagues and friends. He paid the ultimate price protecting all our precious heritage. Rest In Peace Sir. Thank you.
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Re: Field Ranger Succumbs To Injuries After Accidental Shooting

Unread post by Kanniewagnie » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:50 pm

Very sad. When something like this happens it feels as if a family member died. I salute him for his dedicated hard work.
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