- Zambian Police Service spokesman Danny Mwale said the tourists got too close
- Dutch and Belgian media said victims watching the elephants from a distance
- Dutchman reportedly died when he tried to rescue her from the elephant
A 64-year-old Dutch tourist and his 57-year-old Belgian friend have been trampled to death by an elephant while on safari in Zambia.
Zambian Police Service spokesman Danny Mwale said the Belgian woman and Dutch man were killed after getting too close to an elephant in a bid to take pictures.
But family members of the deceased denied the duo had put themselves in danger. They said they were looking at the giant mammals from a distance when one of the animals suddenly ran out of the herd towards them and trampled them both. According to reports in the Dutch and Belgian media, the Dutchman died when he tried to rescue his female friend from the attack. The family said she was ‘very familiar’ with elephants.
The shocking incident occurred at the Maramba River Lodge in Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia. According to the Zambian police, both tourists had multiple injuries all over their bodies after being trampled by the elephant. The bodies of both tourists were brought to a mortuary in Livingstone.
Zambian authorities have previously warned tourists about the dangers of elephants. According to Zambian media, a week ago a security guard was trampled to death by an elephant in the country’s most popular city among tourists while he was on his way to work.
By Iain Burns For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13 November 2017