Following Brad and Angelina to Namibia – Part III

This is part three of a three part series. Read part one and part two.
The sat phone battery dies. We slip in the spare. Louis connects with a neighbor who finds the number of a helicopter pilot in Windhoek, and we dial through. He says he would try to find a chopper, and that we should get back to him with our coordinates. But, our GPSs had been sent around to camp. So, we describe our location….five miles up from the confluence with the Fish River. That isn’t good enough, he says, as it will be a three hour flight from Windhoek, and it will be dark soon.
African Lightning Storm
The pilot says he might try a midnight rescue, but would prefer the coordinates before an attempt. Louis says he will get back. The second battery is almost dead, probably enough for one more call. So, Louis decides to call his mom, and ask her to find the coordinates on a map, and then call the pilot. But as soon as he gets Gerty on the phone, she starts to chatter, dominating the conversation. “Shut up mom, and listen,” Louis yells into the phone…but it goes dead.
It has gone almost dark, and the river below runs copper, like an ember alone on the hearth. It is hard to pick our way down the talus to where Seth lays waiting in a heat-drugged stupor on his abandoned stretcher. Tim Cahill, Jim, and Pasquale have stayed behind while the rest of the group headed for camp. Even though the shutters of the day are nearly closed, Louis volunteers to head down the canyon, as he knows the way and can then take a vehicle to his lodge where he can use a landline to coordinate…if he is lucky, he will arrive by midnight.
Read the rest of this article on The Huffington Post here.

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2 Responses to Following Brad and Angelina to Namibia – Part III

  1. Pingback: Richard Bangs in Namibia with Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie – Pt. II | HEROES OF AFRICA

  2. Jason Kilgore says:

    Guys, thanks so much for sharing this story and others. I might not be the biggest celeb follower, but these people are doing good things. It’s big for Africa. We need more like them. Thanks again. So much.

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