She had her window down taking pics of the lioness that killed her. BTW, that was against park rules.
The American tourist who was mauled to death by a lion on a South African safari has been identified as a 29-year-old film editor who worked on an Emmy winning episode of Game of Thrones – as the tour guide who tried to save her life relived the moment he suffered a heart attack during the horrifying incident.
Katherine Chappell, who was in Africa raising money for a charitable organization that protects animals from poachers, was killed by the lioness as she took pictures during a drive through the popular Lion Park, near Johannesburg, on Monday afternoon.
Her identity emerged as tour guide Pierre Potgieter, 66, told Daily Mail Online how he had suffered a heart attack as he tried to save Miss Chappell’s life.
Speaking to Daily Mail Online from his hospital bed, Mr Potgieter denied he had flouted rules at the safari park and put his client’s life in danger by driving with the windows open.
‘That’s not right… not right at all,’ the 66-year-old said in a phone call, ‘if that’s what they’re saying, that’s not the case. Not at all.’
Asked to describe the attack which killed his client, he replied, ‘It wasn’t good, dreadful. I’m still in a shock and daze about it.’
Corlien Potgieter, the guide’s wife, told Daily Mail Online the American’s death, ‘was the worst experience of his life’.
Speaking from her her home in Melville, the same suburb of Johannesburg where the dead woman was staying at a guest house, Mrs Potgieter said: ’It’s a terrible thing that has happened, truly unbelievable.
‘Here we are in the city of Johannesburg and a lion kills someone – it is beyond belief. It is so very sad, our hearts go out to this woman.
Read more: Daily Mail
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