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Amazon Davey recovering fast

Posted: Sep 04, 2012 05:16 am EDT

(Newsdesk) Davey had the surface bullets removed two days ago. He is recovering very fast. Main issues now: the hole in the lung and a stent that will have to be put in a neck artery.

Yesterday the Amazon adventurer got out of bed and walked a bit. Last night his mother posted more on the Facebook page, stating it took almost 24 hours after Davey was shot that he got proper medical attention.

Wrote mom: "To think with a bullet in your heart, a bullet in your lung and thorax, huge amount of lost blood, a leg shot and deep in a jungle, with communities spread few and far between. I cannot comprehend the mind and will of Davey to survive."

"[…] We may read books like the biology of belief by Bruce Lipton, books on the power of thoughts and words. Never do we really ever get to try these theories out, as we are seldom stretched beyond our comfort zone, as Davey says, these things all work, and that's the blatant truth, a sound mind equals a sound body."

(Ed note: ExplorersWeb update courtesy of
Anthropologist and modern day African adventurer, Julian Monroe Fisher )

Davey du Plessis summited the source of the Amazon, Mount Mismi, in the beginning of July, and started travelling down the Amazon River in a kayak and truck tire tube. beginning of August. His aim was to navigate the Amazon from source-to-sea all on his own. On August 25th he got shot by two unknown attackers while he was on the water and a survival story followed.

He 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.


Davey du Plessis is a lucky guy.
Image by Gustavo Noriega courtesy Davey du Plessis, SOURCE