He may have had a nice rich high-level health insurrance plan, that paid for his months and months of recovery...
I'd personally have invested in a $200 dry suit rather than spend $200,000 in medical bills and 10 years off my lifespan.
The trick is to get the shot, oh yes... But not to DIE getting it. Solve the problem, don't power through it.
Being a dedicated photographer is a good thing, but there comes a point where you cross the line between dedication and stupidity. :)
Oh my Gosh! This is really hard work to do and difficult to capture lions pictures in to the camera. Mr du Toit heads off to you and i just like your work spirit. Wildlife photography is most difficult so i really appreciate your work.
I lived in East Africa for several years and let me tell you this is extremely stupid. There are many reasons not to go into that water. When I first arrived, someone mentioned that the locals usually know if there is schistosomiasis in the water. I asked, "if there aren't people bathing then you shouldn't go in the water because there might be schistosomes?" and my friends all laughed.
No. You shouldn't go in the water because there are probably crocodiles. They are everywhere. Hippos don't take very kindly to swimmers either, and a hippopotamus is a huge and very dangerous animal. ( And they move from water hole to water hole at night... and can stay submerged for a long time... ) And BTW I saw a lion take prey out of a water hole. And elephants are known for chasing smaller animals out of the water hole before the whole herd arrives...
There are just some things that are not worth it. It's just not THAT important. You could have done the same thing with a video camera on a post in the water and photoshopping clips from the footage. Somehow I'm not particularly impressed.