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Ian Craddock, Founder of Bushmasters Jungle Tours, Dies in Guyana

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Mr. Ian Craddock in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America

28th of July, 2020. Region 9, Guyana, South America

Last updated: July 28, 2020 at 16:43 pm

Tourism pioneer, veteran tour guide and founder of Bushmaster Jungle Tours in Guyana, Ian Craddock has passed away last Monday, 26th of July, 2020 in Region 9, Guyana, South America.

The British National and retired British Army Special Air Services Officer was found dead on Monday afternoon around 5 PM by the roadside in Culvert City, Lethem, Region 9 at an area where he is usually seen jogging. The cause of his death is not yet known but many people are speculating that he might have suffered a heart attack while jogging. Except for a small scratch on his face, there were no visible marks of violence about his body when he was picked up and taken to the Lethem Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Ian Craddock is recognized for his outstanding work in promoting Guyana Tourism, especially in the Rupununi and is lauded for his generous contributions to the Region. He first came to Guyana in the year 2002 working to organize jungle expeditions for a British conservation charity. He later founded Bushmasters Tour which took tourists into the Amazon Rain forest in Guyana for survival training and adventures. Most of his tourists were from foreign countries and a great majority came from Britain. Mr. Craddock was successful in running this business along with a few others until his death last Monday.

Persons who knew Mr. Craddock can attest to the fact that he was physically fit, healthy and energetic. He did not seem a likely candidate for a heart attack. His colleagues as well as the Rupununi community is still in a state of shock as the results of his autopsy are being awaited. Many people question how someone as physically fit as Mr. Craddock could have suffered a heart attack.

Here is a video of Mount Roraima shot by Mr. Craddock during one of his tourism expeditions.

Here is a beautiful photo of the Kaieteur Falls taken by Ian Craddock.

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