Haunting last pic of man moments before he mysteriously toppled off cliff at Victoria Falls on day out with female pal

THIS is the haunting last pic of a man seconds before he mysteriously toppled off a cliff at Victoria Falls during a day out with his female pal.

The body of Roy George Tinashe Dikinyay, 40, was eventually found three miles downstream in Zimbabwe.

Newsday in Zimbabwe says that he was taking turns with his friend to take photos at the gorge while in the danger zone.

He reportedly slipped, plunged and met his fate in the falls.

A fellow tourist told the website: “We were alerted by the woman’s scream and she told us that he had slipped and fallen.

"Because of the showers and the mist, we could not trace him after that, and that’s when we went to alert the parks officials."

The final picture of Mr Dikinyay alive shows him shortly before he toppled off a cliff while viewing the iconic falls.

He was wearing shorts, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap while clutching various items in his left hand.

The last image – with the beautiful yet powerful falls as a backdrop – was snapped before he vanished into the rapids below, and was swept away.

He'd gone to the Victoria Falls Gorge in Zimbabwe with a female friend on New Year's Day, according to local media.

Rescue workers say that the man plummeted into the water at about 2.30pm, shortly after this haunting snap was taken, and disappeared into the mist below.

Zimbabwe National Parks spokesman Tinashe Farawo confirmed that a 40-year-old man had fallen into the gorge and that a search operation had been immediately launched.

It took 24 hours before his body was found and retrieved by rescuers, because of the difficult conditions.

“The body was found, but we are failing to retrieve it,” he told Newsday in Zimbabwe.

“We are trying to devise methods of retrieving it. The place is slippery and there is water so we have enlisted the services of security services.”

Water levels at the waterfall are currently at a very high level.

This is a result of heavy rains making the local rocks slippery and difficult to navigate.

The Victoria Falls are an almost 2km wide waterfall on the Zambezi River in southern Africa, regarded as one of the world's largest waterfalls.

It was discovered by David Livingstone in 1855 and named in honour of Queen Victoria.

However, in the local language it's referred to as Mosi-oa-Tunya which means The Smoke That Thunders.

Mr Dikinyay's death comes a few months after two teenage friends plunged 100ft to their deaths just moments after posting a snap from the top of a waterfall.

Bruna Vellasquez, 18, and Monique Medeiros, 19, tragically died after one of them slipped and the other tried to help at a beauty spot in Brazil.

And in December 2019 an inquest heard how a former lifeguard was swept to his death after going down a daredevil waterfall in Australia with his girlfriend.

Tom Hunt, 25 and his girlfriend Emily Blair held hands going down a natural rock slide at the popular Josephine Falls in Queensland, Australia, before becoming separated by a surge of water.

Mr Hunt, from Brigg, Lincolnshire, initially survived and was more concerned about the safety of Ms Blair, before being swept down river by a torrent.

He was a former lifeguard in Grimsby and was described as a good swimmer, who had taken part in a number of daredevil trips on his travels.

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