May 28, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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SA couple reported missing in Fish River Canyon

A couple from South Africa are among four hikers reported missing in Namibia’s Fish River Canyon since Thursday.

Namibia Wildlife Services (NWS) confirmed on Monday that a search party is attempting to locate the to locate missing hikers. “Our teams are searching as we speak,” NWS spokesman Nelson Ashipala said.

NWS identified the couple as Trevor, 63, and Samantha Burger, 50, of Franschhoek, near Cape Town. They were among a group of 10 trekkers, six of whom completed the challenging five-day trek through Africa’s longest gorge.

Rescuers are understood to have received multiple distress signals, prompting a search party to go there popular tourist attraction.

Earlier on Monday, Ashipala told Namibian news agency Informanté that the missing group sent their first distress signal when they reached the first campsite after a long descent from the top of the gorge.

“However, they were not there when the NWR reached the location of the missing four,” the report said.

The couple’s daughter, Tana Lancaster, said told the news outlet that her parents were fit and healthy, active, and had hiked the gorge before.

“They’re supposed to check in every evening and we haven’t heard from them since Thursday night, when they arrived to check in on Am f to start descending on Friday,” Lancaster said.

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