Lucky escape for South African adventurer

07:20 (GMT+2) Tue, 28 Aug 2012

A young South African adventurer seeking to follow the Amazon River from its origin to its mouth is in a stable condition in a Lima hospital after being shot and robbed by a pair of youths while on a Peruvian tributary.

The 24-year old David du Plessis was shot three times by two young men while kayaking down the Uca-yali River.

His father, Louis du Plessis, says the youths had set up an ambush and shot him from the woods.

He said his son was lucky to survive despite internal bleeding and a neck wound which was affecting his speech.

He had also suffered a temporary loss of hearing and had a pellet lodged near his heart.