Local kayaker appears in TV show that airs this afternoon

Extreme kayaker Chris Korbulic will be part of a National Geographic Channel show called "Man-Eater of the Congo" that will air at 4 p.m. today.

Korbulic, a Rogue Valley native who travels the world filming and participating in various kayaking adventures, helped produce the show, along with his kayaking partner Ben Stookesberry.

The show deals with the aftermath of the December 2010 death of Hendri Coetzee of Uganda, who was with Korbulic and Stookesberry when he was pulled from their boat and killed by a 15-foot crocodile on the Lukuga River.

In August, the men spent time at the village nearest to the tragedy, part of a National Geographic project to dig a well so villagers wouldn't have to go to the river for water. The original quest was to capture and relocate the crocodile that killed Coetzee.

Korbulic, a 2004 Grants Pass High School graduate, traveled to Norway, Greenland and several African countries in 2012. In early February, he kayaked over 120-foot Rainbow Falls on Hawaii's Big Island.

He is now in Rogue River visiting his parents and leaves Monday for Uganda, where he'll help guide the first commercial trip on that section of the White Nile River.

National Geographic is Channel 54 on Charter Cable, 186 on Dish Network and 276 on DirecTV.


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