Woman Swept Away During A Ritual Bath In A River

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A Victoria Falls woman identified as Yvonne Dube, while having a ritual bath in the flooded Zambezi River, almost drowned as she was swept away by its rising tides.

A naked Yvonne Dube has almost swept down the 200-meter deep Zambezi gorge in the crocodile-infested river. However, a swirling current swept her back towards the river bank and she clung to a tree.

Rangers from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management authority and her boyfriend, Mr. Khumbulani Msebele, used a rope to reach for her.

Sources said that Dube was with her cousin, Silence Siziba, when the incident happened.

The two were allegedly bathing in the Zambezi River where people usually go to perform rituals.

Police officer commanding Victoria Falls District, Chief Superintendent Tadeus Macondo, confirmed that he got a report about a woman, Yvonne Dube, of Chinotimba who lost her balance while bathing with her cousin and was swept off by the river for about 200 metres.

He said the two had gone for a tour of the river when they decided to take a bath.

“Dube was lucky, as she survived an attack by the crocodiles as well as being washed down the 2oo-metre deep gorge.

“She clung to a tree after the water pushed her to the bank,” said chief Macondo.

He said Ms. Siziba had rushed to the rainforest exit gate, where she alerted rangers who swiftly reacted to rescue Dube.

The victim sustained bruises all over her body and was taken to Victoria Falls District Hospital.

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