A COMBINED team of Livingstone Fire Brigades as well as Zambia Police Service and Bundu Adventurer yesterday retrieved alive a 45 year old Chinese national who fell into Victoria Falls George near the knife bridge as he was taking pictures of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Both Southern Province Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga and Livingstone City Council Public Relations Manager Emmanuel Sikanyika confirmed the development in separate interviews.
Ms Katanga said Wang ShunXue, a Chinese national aged 45, was retrieved alive after he fell into the Victoria Falls Gorge near the knife bridge as he was taking pictures in reverse direction away from the knife bridge.
She said ShunXue, who was lodged at Zambezi Sun Hotel in room 3534, was retrieved around 09:30 hours with no serious injuries and he was taken to the same Hotel’s clinic for medical checkup.
And Mr Sikanyika said officers from the Livingstone Fire Brigades officers received a call yesterday (Monday) around 08:23 hours that a Chinese national fell into Victoria Falls and rushed to the scene to rescue him.
Mr Sikanyika said Fire Brigades officers worked together with State Police and Bundu Adventure, a company which conducts Bungee Jumping activities at the bridge, to rescue the Chinese national.
“From what they saw, the victim sustained some bruises and he was rushed for medical check-up and treatment.
The Chinese national did not get to the surface of the falls as he was rescued at the edges of the Falls cliff,” Mr Sikanyika said.
He urged tourists and other visitors to the Victoria Falls to follow guidelines and markings at the site saying they should not be overexcited when viewing one of the natural wonders of the world.
Meanwhile, a Times of Zambia crew which rushed to Victoria Falls yesterday only witnessed Mr ShunXue as he was walking out of the Victoria Falls in the company of Chinese nationals and other officials.
Mr Shunxue had bruises on his hands and he could not withstand an interview as he was still in a state of shock.