Solo Amazon adventurer shot – urgent help needed

Posted: Aug 26, 2012 07:15 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) The South African, Davey du Plessis, who is attempting to navigate the Amazon from source to sea on his own, has been shot in the jungle. He has been in the Amazon on the water since the beginning of the month.

An hour ago his mother wrote on his Facebook page, “Davey has been shot in the neck, back and is not good. He is in hospital in Pucallapa. Everything was stolen from him. He called me now, he managed to escape from after he was shot and left to die. Please pray for this boy. If anyone can help or speak Spanish. Please only call me if you can help me from Peru. My no. is +27 82 414 3108.”

On August 17th Davey reported home from the Amazon about 30 kidnappings due to the drug cartel running in the area and about a drowning in the water.

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The South African Embassy in Lima has been contacted.

Half an hour ago his mother, Robyn, reported that Davey had escaped from his attackers, “which is just what this boy is like and he went for many hours till some lady found him in the jungle and got her brother to call from a call box.” They helped get him to hospital where he had an operation as he has internal bleeding.

Davey’s dad is in the USA and will be flying to Lima tonight to be with Davey tomorrow. His mother says they want to transport Davey to Lima; “a plane is being chartered for this child of mine. They are doing X-rays right now to see his internal bleeding and organs and damage done. The doctor is trying to stabilize him to get him on an airplane to Lima,” reported a mother in distress.

Reports the past few days

August 21: “Just chatted to Davey, he is leaving the town where he stopped off, and is heading down the Amazon River where the indigenous communities reside. He is with the military now, they are escorting him to the president chief of the indigenous people to introduce him, and to make sure that he has safe passage through the next phase, the bush telegraph will spread the word that there is a solo adventurer coming through their area, and that he is to have safe passage. Makes it easier to know your safety and whereabouts is known by the military and that the indigenous communities leave him alone.”

August 24: “The mosquitoes are ridiculous! They swarm together as sun sets. A local suggested rubbing petrol on your skin as a repellent you end up smelling quite pungent but it does keep us
one of the bugs at bay. The dolphins are acting very out of character, they seem aggressive, 2 meter long dolphins that trail me, but one of them came up to the boat and hit it from under, it nearly destroyed the kayak.”

“I am going to paddle close to the edge of the river to avoid this again. When you see the fish and condors in the river, you don't want to be swimming in the river! It gets quite harrowing at night, when you have the local indigenous fisherman, banging on the tent; fortunately thus far they are just inquisitive, but enough to frighten me!”

August 25: “Was hit by 2 massive tropical storms thru the night. Heavy winds and rain, no sleep. Hoping to find a community to restock and get some rest. Been a long night.”

August 26: Davey’s mother sends out a message on Facebook that she needs help. Please any possible help is welcome, and in particular people who can speak Spanish. Perhaps someone is near where Davey is.

Davey du Plessis lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He has previously travelled through the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and most recently has done a cycle adventure with Ricki Nethercote from Egypt to South Africa. The two cycled just over 9000km, averaging 100km per day on a 5 day week routine between February and July 2011.

Currently another team is also on the Amazon; West Hansen and his team are also attempting a source-to-sea in their kayaks. Their daily dispatches can be followed in the live Dispatch stream at the Pythom app and at ExplorersWeb.

Since 1970 the following expeditions have successfully navigated the Amazon River from source to sea using a combination of rafts, kayaks and boats (No. 1-6 courtesy of Ed Stafford):

1. The first was British explorer John Ridgway’s journey in 1970. This expedition used cargo boats and other vessels to complete the latter portion of the river.
2. The first expedition to run the Amazon in kayaks was completed by Piotr Chmielinski (Poland) and Joe Kane (USA) in 1985/6.
3. The first unsupported and solo attempt was successfully navigated on a hydro-speed by South African Mike Horn in 1997/8.
4. In 1999 Scott Angus (Canada), Ben Kozel (Australia) and Scott Borthwick (South Africa) became the first to raft the entire river.
5. In 2007 Slovenian marathon swimmer Martin Strel set a new record swim by being the first person to swim a large proportion of the Amazon.
6. In March 2008 Mark Kalch and Nath Welche trekked and paddled the entire route. They are the fourth team in history to complete the entire journey manpowered. (Martin Strel didn’t start at the source).
7. Ed Stafford walked the length of the Amazon River from the source to the sea in 860 days. He started April 2nd, 2008 and finished August 9th, 2010. A transient team of teammates and indigenous guides accompany him, with Cho (Gadiel Snachez Rivera) being the longest time with Ed.

Related: Swedish Christian Bodegren kicked off his Amazon jungle paddle from Orinoco in Venezuela. 280 days later, June 12th, 2012 he ended at the Atlantic Ocean at Tigre, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.

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Davey escaped from his attackers and walked for many hours till a lady found him in the jungle and got her brother to call from a call box for help.
courtesy Davey du Plessis, SOURCE
Davey du Plessis in his kayak on the Amazon before the attack.
courtesy Davey du Plessis, SOURCE
The doctors are doing X-rays right now to see his internal bleeding and organs and damage done. When Davey was on the river he secured the tube to his waist and made 2 straps to hold on to; his tent and food were tied to his pack like a small day pack.
Image by Davey du Plessis courtesy Davey du Plessis, SOURCE